Raider Nation continues to mourn the loss of the legendary John Madden, who passed away last week at 85. As coach of the Raiders, he won their Super Bowl and to date has the best winning percentage in NFL history.
Even though Sunday night's game kicks off at 5:20pm, fans will be allowed entry to Allegiant Stadium at 1pm with several ways to honor the Hall of Fame coach. They'll be able to tour inside, and view outside, the Madden Cruiser on the west side of Allegiant Stadium. The iconic bus logged 80,000 miles every year, transporting Madden after he no longer chose to fly and also became his office.
There will be displays on hand, including a showcase of Madden's life moments via an interactive timeline. It'll include pre-pro football days, as well as his career highlights as Raiders coach, a broadcaster and Hall of Fame induction.
What's more, wall structures will be setup around the stadium for fans to share memories of Coach Madden. You can find them in several locations, including the Modelo Tailgate Zone inside the Southwest Entry Gate, the North Plaza Platform inside the Ford North Entry Gate and at the Madden Cruiser location on the west side.
As for the Al Davis torch, the Madden family will do the ceremonial lighting. That includes wife Virginia, sister Judy, sons Mike and his wife Susie, Joe and his wife Wendy, as well as grandsons Jesse and Jack.
John Madden was famously the first to ever light the original Al Davis torch at the old Oakland Coliseum a decade ago.
If the Las Vegas Raiders can defeat the LA Chargers, they will punch there ticket to the NFL playoffs!