Inclement weather in the Inglewood area of Los Angeles has forced a delay in the “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Raiders and Chargers.
The game, initially set to kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET, will now start significantly later after lightning was spotted in the area. The call came from NFL headquarters in New York, despite the fact SoFi Stadium is an indoor stadium in Los Angeles. It has some exposed areas in its roof, however, which caused the league to act out of an apparent abundance of caution.
The decision was apparently news to Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who was clearly confused at receiving word of the delay:
Here’s all the information you need to track the “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Raiders and Chargers:
NFL updates for Raiders vs. Chargers
(All times Eastern)
6:50 a.m.: Raiders coach Jon Gruden said after the game he thought he was hearing a joke when he was told there would be a delay. “I’ve never had an indoor stadium with a lightning delay. This was a bizarre night for all of us,” he said. “It affected both teams.”
8:42 p.m.: The game will now start at 8:50 p.m. ET, ESPN reports.
8:36 p.m.: And now the Chargers are coming out. Surprisingly, more cheers for the Raiders and boos for the home team.
8:35 p.m.: The Raiders have come back out onto the field.
8:30 p.m.: ESPN reports “a power issue” in SoFi Stadium as a result of lightning strikes.
8:20 p.m.: According to the ESPN telecast, the game will be delayed till 8:55 p.m. ET.
8:18 p.m.: The game is delayed indefinitely.
tonight’s game is currently delayed due to lightning. kickoff time is TBD.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) October 5, 2021
8:15 p.m.: The teams have headed back to their respective locker rooms.
8:10 p.m.: Here are some pictures and videos of lightning throughout the L.A. area: