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Would You Pay $25 a Game to See the Raiders Next Season?

The franchise is offering the cheapest seats in the NFL in a bid to get more fans to the Coliseum.

To anyone whoever said something along the lines of “you couldn’t pay me to go to a Raiders game,” the East Bay’s NFL franchise is getting close to calling your bluff.

The team announced this week that starting now, season tickets in the cheap seats will go for $250, or $25 a game. That’s astoundingly inexpensive. As KCBS blogger Stan Bunger points out, the league average is three times that sum. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum and on the other side of the bay, club seats in the 49ers new Santa Clara stadium cost $3,250.

The Oakland Raiders want to sell out more games and avoid the local television blackouts that contribute to a pernicious cycle of apathy toward the team. In addition to hawking the cheapest seats in the league, the team is blocking off sections of the coliseum to create the stadium with the fewest seats in the NFL.

"Our hope, our desire, is a new stadium at that site. This is the tool we're using this year to create that vibrant community of season-ticket holders," Amy Trask, the Raiders COO, told NFL.com.

NFL.com couldn’t help but conclude with the obvious: “Of course, the Raiders' best solution for pumping life back into their stadium and fan base is to put a decent product on the field. Oakland hasn't qualified for the playoffs since the 2002 season. If you build a team, they will come.”

J M February 08, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Great move by the Silver and Black to get more fans into the stadium. Wish more teams would do this for the average fan who have been priced out the market to go a single NFL game
Michael Hyman February 09, 2013 at 01:07 AM
Now if they could ban alcohol and make it less dangerous, we'd have a start of a plan to fill the stadium.
Karen Ivy February 09, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I wouldn't pay a dime to see the Raiders next season or any time. I still haven't forgiven either the Raiders or the City Council that bought off on it for that "deal" on the stadium - on which the city of Oakland is still paying interest.
Mike Martin February 14, 2013 at 06:34 PM
The problem with Raiders games are the fans are rough, rude, usually drinking, and it's not a family friendly event. I understand that the Black Hole has this reputation and the team certainly doesn't want to alienate these die-hard fans. But perhaps the upper deck (where these cheap seats are) could be turned into a more family friendly zone. Games for kids on the plazas behind/under the seats, food offerings that have more kid-friendly variety like pizza, pb&j, milk, and then a strict two-beer limit or something like that. The Raiders have an opportunity to build not only more fans who have less money, but fans who could now afford to bring the kids too and therefore build the next generation of fans.
Avrage Guy February 14, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I agree with Mike Martin. The Raiders seem to think the community owes the something vs. the Raiders reaching out to the community. They have turned a blind eye to the rude and aggressive behavior of many of their fans. We used to go to all of the home games, but stopped, once my kids reached an age where they understood what the words meant, that were being used by a lot of fans there. The Raiders need to get rid of the "Commitment to Excellence: theme and work on simply being decent.

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