Jon Gruden was not impressed with the setup at SoFi Stadium.
The kickoff of Monday Night Football between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium got off to a strange start because of a weather delay, even though the recently opened $5 billion stadium has a roof. Lightning in the area resulted in the Raiders-Chargers game being delayed because SoFi Stadium was designed with a feature that left openings in the upper deck to let the breeze in, which ultimately makes it unsafe to play in extreme weather.
When the game did start, the Chargers jumped out to a 21-0 lead.
Following his team losing 28-14, Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden unloaded on the delay of game due to weather in the area, but stated it had nothing to do with the final margin. “It didn’t, it didn’t have anything to do with it,” he told reporters.
The 58-year-old coach was less than impressed with a $5 billion stadium being built and not being able to withstand severe weather. “No, I’m not an engineer, I have no idea. I have never heard that. I thought it was a joke,” Gruden said. “But it affected both teams. I’ve never had an indoor stadium with a lightning delay. This was a bizarre night for all of us.”
He also took issue with SoFi locker room. “The locker room here is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen. I mean you can’t see anybody. It’s like a maze. So whoever contorted this visiting locker room, I’d like to meet this guy, see what his idea was,” he said.
The Raiders experienced their first loss of the season as they fell to 3-1.