Raiders’ Mike Mayock explains how Las Vegas heat is affecting training camp


Anyone who’s spent time there during the summer knows that the heat in Las Vegas is no joke.

With the coronavirus forcing the Raiders to move training camp to the organization’s new facilities in Henderson, Nevada, players and staff have had to acclimate to a fairly consistent diet of over 100 degree days, which is not exactly ideal for professional athletes looking to get a workout.

“I’ve been all over the country, obviously, and been hot,” Mayock told NBC Sports’ Peter King on a day that reached 113 degrees in Sin City. “But it’s pretty hard to get used to.”


But don’t think for a second that Mayock and the Raiders’ management didn’t expect scorching temperatures during training camp.

“Jon wants to train outside of some,” continued Mayock. “The good thing for us is that we have three alternatives for the practice – an outdoor turf, an indoor [FieldTurf] pitch with a pitch and a half and a temperature-controlled stadium. When we’re out, Jon wants to be off the field by 10 a.m. ”

The climate in Las Vegas is similar to what the Arizona Cardinals face in Phoenix. In the face of equally brutal summers, the Cardinals conduct most of their training camp activities inside the team’s stadium in Glendale, Ariz., Which has a retractable roof.

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Mark Davis recently said he hopes the team will continue the tradition in 2021 of hosting a training camp in Napa Valley, northern California, where it had been for 25 years before 2020.

“I would love to continue doing it there,” Davis said. “It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world and gives us back a connection to our roots in northern California. Southern California is another possibility, but I think there is nothing better than Napa.


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