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Raiders complete first full-season sellout since returning to Oakland

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Yes, the Raiders are poised to set the single-season penalty and penalty yardage records.  Fortunately (or otherwise), the mark has been set before the largest collection of fans in the Black Hole in years.

As Jerry McDonald of BayAreaNewsGroup.com recently explained, by selling all non-premium tickets to Sunday’s game against the Chargers, the Raiders have achieved their first full-season sellout since returning to Oakland in 1995.

“I know our fans and the way they’ve been for us all year.  It’s going to be unbelievable,” Raiders coach Hue Jackson said recently.  “They’ll bring the noise and the passion.  I expect them to be as loud as they’ve ever been, and we need a true 12th man this week.”

The noise and the passion have only gone so far, however.  The 8-7 Raiders have won only three of seven home games, with victories over the Jets, Browns, and Bears, and losses to the Patriots, Chiefs, Broncos, and Lions.

If the Raiders beat the Chargers and the Broncos lose to the Chiefs on Sunday, the Raiders will get a chance to sell out at least one more home game, in the postseason.  And if Pittsburgh finishes with the No. 5 seed, it’ll be the first Steelers-Raiders playoff game in Oakland since the 1976 AFC title game.

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49 Responses to “Raiders complete first full-season sellout since returning to Oakland”
  1. nfloracle says: Dec 31, 2011 9:08 AM

    Hey, here’s wishing all the PFT staff and commenters and NFL players who visit here a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012!

  2. worldwidebleater says: Dec 31, 2011 9:09 AM

    Somewhere there’s an old man dancing with Lyle Alzado, in a Raiders track suit.

  3. psychoraider904 says: Dec 31, 2011 9:10 AM

    Win or Lose, playoffs or not, it’s nice to still be in it this late in the season for a change.

  4. 8man says: Dec 31, 2011 9:25 AM

    Win, and they will come.

    Can they win tomorrow, finish over .500 and grab the division title?

  5. packattack1967 says: Dec 31, 2011 9:26 AM

    Packers complete consecutive sell-out since the (last) great depression.

  6. Chairman Al says: Dec 31, 2011 9:32 AM

    I was there for the game against Cleveland and I can confirm two hypotheses…

    1. More people show up when you don’t lose 11 games a season.

    2. A quarterback with half a brain helps. Let’s keep in mind, since Rich Gannon left, we’ve been treated to great throwers such as Kerry Collins, Josh McCown, Andrew Walter, Aaron Brooks, Daunte Culpepper, Bruce Gradkowski (OK, I actually loved watching Bruce), and JaWalrus. Looking at these QBs in the state they were in when they played for the Raiders, I’d take Jason Campbell or Carson Palmer over ANY of them.

    Still, just imagine how many would show up if we got a new stadium.

  7. joetoronto says: Dec 31, 2011 9:37 AM

    It’s called relevance, something teams like the Chargers aspire to be.

    We are strong we are worldwide, we are Raider Nation.

  8. 1captain1 says: Dec 31, 2011 9:40 AM

    If Oakland taxpayers can’t pony up for a new stadium then MOVE!

    It’s simple… other teams with far less notoriety and legacy have stadium deals and guaranteed revenue and the Silver & Black is as marketable and potentially profitable as ANY team out there.

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 31, 2011 9:41 AM

    Gotta know the full story. When they moved back the City of Oakland guaranteed 15 years of sellouts. The City was in control of the ticket prices and raised them to ridiculous prices. The cheapest seat in the house was like 55 dollars(plus another 10 dollar fee).

    The Raiders would sell a lot of tickets it wasn’t sold out because nobody wanted to pay 65 dollars to sit in the Mount Davis nose bleed seats, those were the empty seats, but the City of Oakland paid the raiders for a sell out regardless.

    The attendance dropped significantly in 2008, 2009, because Tom Cable didn’t know what he was doing and put a sub-pro product on the field that was unwatchable.

    Now, the community is getting to know and love Amy Trask, Ticket prices are back to normal, we have a new radio station that covers them heavily as well as CSNbayarea, and the team reflects the Oakland/EastBay’s underdog blue collar mentality, instead of that L.A. Hollywood mentality they had.. And we have a good offensive coaching staff.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 31, 2011 10:12 AM

    “If Oakland taxpayers can’t pony up for a new stadium then MOVE!”

    @1captain1, why should the taxpayers have to pay ? Look at what happened in Indy. They got public funding and then the Irsays jammed them so badly on the deal the venue is losing money.

    On the other hand, look at what the Kraft’s did in Foxboro. They built the stadium with their own money. They built the Patriot Place mall around it to increase revenue. Yes the state contributed 50 million to improve the very poor road system around the stadium, but that was it. Because it was built with their own money they kept the cost to something like 350 million instead of the billion dollar palaces being built elsewhere with public money.

    Don’t let the corporate greed of the teams and league convince you that the taxpayers have to get raped to build a stadium. That is a myth.

  11. thekingofnewyork says: Dec 31, 2011 10:21 AM

    Raiders fans suck. One of the smallest stadiums in the league and this is the first year they’ve been able to sell out all their games? pathetic

  12. r8derfan33 says: Dec 31, 2011 10:42 AM

    @Packattack…watch cows graze all day or watch some football….there’s your reason….

  13. bwisnasky says: Dec 31, 2011 11:09 AM

    Packers complete consecutive sell-out since the (last) great depression.

    ——————————————–

    How quickly Packer fans forget how horribad they were in the 80’s… when local businesses had to buy up half the tickets so they could continue such a streak… Like most teams that have such “streaks”…. here’s hoping for a quick return to mediocrity to the team that will get beat by N.O. in the playoffs….

  14. tatum064 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:15 AM

    thekingofnewyork says:
    Dec 31, 2011 10:21 AM
    Raiders fans suck. One of the smallest stadiums in the league and this is the first year they’ve been able to sell out all their games? pathetic

    ===========================

    There a phenomenon. they’ve done it over the decades and have just as good a legacy as the Packers if not more because they have an entire subculture built around them on the West coast, and i’ve seen Raider gear in other countries (England, Japan)….

    Green Bay pretty much has nothing else, if not a rabid fan base and stock sold to its fans….i’ve seen Raider fans make roadies EVERYWHERE, it may be a small group, but its a loyal one, and God forbid you run that opinion in Oakland….or even worse, L.A.

  15. westmantooth says: Dec 31, 2011 11:17 AM

    People who use crystal meth generally cannot afford NFL tickets.

  16. autumnwind999 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:24 AM

    raiderlyfe510,

    Thanks. One of the most informative and spot-on posts I’ve ever read.

  17. ern215 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:30 AM

    while we could use another stadium, ours isnt the dump of the league, have you ever been to candlestick?, lol

  18. raiderredleg says: Dec 31, 2011 11:35 AM

    Love how everyone continues to trash the Raiders trade for Carson Palmer (Peter King was the latest when he picked the Chargers to beat the Raiders this weekend).

    Does ANYONE think the Raiders would still be competing for a playoff game (much less selling out the stadium) with KYLE BOLLER!

    Whatever happens this season, the future is certainly bright for the Raiders with a roster of young talent and a legit franchise QB.

  19. ruckthefaiders says: Dec 31, 2011 11:41 AM

    r8derfan33 says:
    Dec 31, 2011 10:42 AM
    @Packattack…watch cows graze all day or watch some football….there’s your reason….

    yeah hang an bang or pay to go to game and hang an bang…you really burned him good dude…only thing worse than the “team” is their (no nothing about football but we look real menacing in these costumes) fans

  20. samoanjungle says: Dec 31, 2011 11:42 AM

    As a Bengals fan, I am rooting for the Raiders and against the Broncos. We need you to get in and then win a Playoff game so we can get that first round pick next year. Plus, if you happen to beat the Steelers that’s a bonus!

  21. tinbender2000 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:42 AM

    packattack1967 says: Dec 31, 2011 9:26 AM

    Packers complete consecutive sell-out since the (last) great depression.
    ======================================
    Like LA, there are a lot of things to do in the Bay Area this time of year. Hell, you can plant a GARDEN right now. Green Bay, Football or Ice fishing, Ice fishing or Football…….

  22. slickster35 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:46 AM

    Bandwagon. Pathetic.

    I have to wonder how many people were robbed at gunpoint for these sellouts to occur.

  23. joetoronto says: Dec 31, 2011 11:51 AM

    slickster35 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:46 AM

    Bandwagon. Pathetic.

    I have to wonder how many people were robbed at gunpoint for these sellouts to occur.
    **************************************************
    Hey look, a slickster sighting.

    It’s weird how you disappeared when you’re team’s hope and dreams disappeared, lol.

  24. raiders757 says: Dec 31, 2011 12:41 PM

    thekingofnewyork says: Dec 31, 2011 10:21 AM

    Raiders fans suck. One of the smallest stadiums in the league and this is the first year they’ve been able to sell out all their games? pathetic

    ——————————–

    Spoken like a true idiot king of nothing.

    Now that I’ve addressed the pathetic wind bag troll, I’ll point this out.

    The Raiders have one of the largest fan bases in sports, and what most don’t realize, is the majority of them live outside their market area. The Raider Nation is world wide, and more dedicated than most. We are not some tiny little fan base that only exist in small pockets of the country. I live on the East Coast, and where I live deep in Redskin country, the Raiders are well represented. Everywhere I’ve traveled, I’ve met Raiders fans in droves. To claim we “suck” is to do so out of ignorance and pathetic hatred. Being a Raider fan is like being part of a huge family united under one flag.

    Also, I have to question this sell out claim. The year they last won the AFC title, every single game was packed to the rafters. You can’t tell me every game wasn’t sold out that season. I could be wrong, as I viewed the games from afar, but they damn sure looked sold out.

  25. sourdough says: Dec 31, 2011 12:42 PM

    It took SIXTEEN (16) seasons for the Raiturds to sell out their tiny stadium for a full NFL season!?! Even more ironic is that joseytoronto hasn’t attended a single game, yet pontificates as if he’s a loyal season ticket holder. What a joke.

  26. thetwilightsown says: Dec 31, 2011 12:45 PM

    ruckthefaiders says:
    Dec 31, 2011 11:41 AM
    r8derfan33 says:
    Dec 31, 2011 10:42 AM
    @Packattack…watch cows graze all day or watch some football….there’s your reason….

    yeah hang an bang or pay to go to game and hang an bang…you really burned him good dude…only thing worse than the “team” is their (no nothing about football but we look real menacing in these costumes) fans

    ————————————————————

    At least this “no nothing” Raider fan can spell “know-nothing” and understands the value of using the “-” key when trying to be witty. Is it more difficult to use proper grammar when your fingers are fatter than the cheese-stuffed sausage hanging out of your mouth?

  27. r81ders says: Dec 31, 2011 12:46 PM

    samoanjungle says:
    Dec 31, 2011 11:42 AM
    As a Bengals fan, I am rooting for the Raiders and against the Broncos. We need you to get in and then win a Playoff game so we can get that first round pick next year. Plus, if you happen to beat the Steelers that’s a bonus!

    ………………………………………………………………………..
    You must not follow football or you just dont know..why a Bengals fan wants oakland to win for a draft pick is dumb..Do you realize that if oakland wins and Bengals lose we take your wildcard. A rookie from college for a playoff spot?? OKAY

  28. JSpicoli says: Dec 31, 2011 12:50 PM

    Raiderlyfe510 is correct. I was there. Some other related truths are that the coliseum routinely sold out on game day back in the first few years, but too late to be called a non blackout. No one had a bigger walk up than the Raiders and that was because of having to start over with season ticket sales when they came home from the 13 year road trip to LA. Not many fan bases could support what they did in moving. And as he mentioned, OFMA was a world class failure.

  29. nationalmediacansuckit says: Dec 31, 2011 12:51 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Dec 31, 2011 9:37 AM

    We are strong we are worldwide, we are Raider Nation
    ———————————————
    As I’ve told you before, I don’t ever want to see you on another Jaguar post. “First full-season sellout”. That’s pretty pathetic don’t you think. For you to critisize another fan base’s attendance is laughable. This is by far the most ridiculous attendance problem of any other NFL city. There is nothing strong, worldwide or Nation about your beloved Raiders. See you around my friend.

  30. slightlyhyphy says: Dec 31, 2011 12:51 PM

    “ruckthefaiders says: Dec 31, 2011 11:41 AM

    r8derfan33 says:
    Dec 31, 2011 10:42 AM
    @Packattack…watch cows graze all day or watch some football….there’s your reason….

    yeah hang an bang or pay to go to game and hang an bang…you really burned him good dude…only thing worse than the “team” is their (no nothing about football but we look real menacing in these costumes) fans”

    That comment really stings us Raider fans!! Do you know “no” boundaries?!

  31. db105 says: Dec 31, 2011 12:57 PM

    Helps when the Raiders offered 2 for 1 tickets all season.

  32. r8derfan33 says: Dec 31, 2011 12:59 PM

    @Ruckthefaiders
    I wasn’t trying to make everyone laugh. Seriously, what is there to do in Green Bay, Wisconsin besides watch football? I’m not ragging on the team, we all know they’re the team to beat. The reason they can sell out is because there’s not much to do but support your local team!

  33. charliewade says: Dec 31, 2011 1:11 PM

    $20 million a year. That’s how much the county of Alameda has been paying the Raiders each year since they came back as a subsidy. Each season.

    Hope it’s all been worth it.

  34. Chairman Al says: Dec 31, 2011 1:53 PM

    As I’ve told you before, I don’t ever want to see you on another Jaguar post. “First full-season sellout”. That’s pretty pathetic don’t you think. For you to critisize another fan base’s attendance is laughable. This is by far the most ridiculous attendance problem of any other NFL city. There is nothing strong, worldwide or Nation about your beloved Raiders. See you around my friend.

    ————————————
    People read Jaguars posts?

  35. huejackson says: Dec 31, 2011 1:54 PM

    Look at the jealous people talking trash..
    The people who say “you get robbed at Raider games” Obviously never been to a Raider game.
    Ive been to every NFL teams stadium in the NFL.
    Raiders have the best one for kids, They have a whole kidz zone! Its by far the most family friendy stadium in the NFL and I guess I got lucky cause I never been robbed..
    I would bet my house that the people who say this are 40-50 years old and they are fat.. It seems like only fat slobs say this.. What a 50 year old fat slob is writing comments on the internet is a whole another story.
    I gaurenteed that the person who wrote that does not have a job and he is fat…
    Fans of other teams have always been jealous they don’t have a family bond that Raider fans do.. We are global. I live in New England and I know that PATS fans just simply don’t exist. Beofre they won a superbowl they were all Cowboys fans. I never seen 1 guy with a scot Zolak Jersye..

  36. souldogdave says: Dec 31, 2011 1:59 PM

    A lot of haters here, lol. See you in the playoffs. Oh, I mean watch us in the playoffs.This means you, “Kingof newyork”,lmao.Raidertoronto? You are wrong plus Canadian! No one listens to you, Ay?LOL.Sourdough? Please. Who is your team?Have they EVER won a superbowl? I smell a Charger fan!This is the typical ignorant emotional hyperbole that fans spew every year this time. Be amused, don’t bust a capillary.Happy New Year. And the Al Davis Evil Eye Curse on the Raider-Haters. You know who you are.

  37. granadafan says: Dec 31, 2011 2:10 PM

    Sell outs and NO tarps!

  38. yahmule says: Dec 31, 2011 2:21 PM

    There’s much more to do in Oakland than there is in Green Bay, especially if you’re a criminal. The Broncos are working on about 240 straight home sellouts and their fans don’t define team pride as a willingness to wear embarrassing costumes in public.

  39. justsayin70 says: Dec 31, 2011 2:38 PM

    Big deal – the Broncos have sold out every home game since 1971. And the Redskins have a longer sellout streak than that.

  40. 8man says: Dec 31, 2011 4:06 PM

    Win tomorrow. Win the division. Beat Pissburgh and then come to Foxboro for snow and a good old fashioned AFL playoff matchup.

    No tucking this time. We promise.

  41. duncanthecat says: Dec 31, 2011 4:21 PM

    I’m an Alamdea County resident and voter, and I wouln’t pay a nickel to keep these clowns.

    Let them move back to LA. They have already cost me enough. And if they take 80% of Oakland’s population with them, I then would be willing to fork out some funds.

    Good Ridence!

  42. Chairman Al says: Dec 31, 2011 4:23 PM

    @8man,

    Sounds good to me. Hope to see you there.

  43. hrnandz24 says: Dec 31, 2011 5:11 PM

    yahmule December 31, 2011, 11:21 AM PST

    There’s much more to do in Oakland than there is in Green Bay, especially if you’re a criminal. The Broncos are working on about 240 straight home sellouts and their fans don’t define team pride as a willingness to wear embarrassing costumes in public.

    tell that to the Orange Darth Vader I see seated in the stands for Broncos home games.

  44. walrushooker says: Dec 31, 2011 5:27 PM

    Interesting that a steeler loving site would continue to put them in the five seed. The way I see it: raiders win, broncos lose, ravens choke on the road again at cinci, raiders host ravens and crush them at home… #raidernation

  45. etoharin78 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:02 PM

    What an accomplishment! Kinda like being valedictorian in summer school. Go ahead Raidernation pound your chest over this….and be sure to rub the noses of the few teams that suffered blackouts in your awesome accomplishment

  46. raider23mike says: Dec 31, 2011 9:06 PM

    Why couldn’t they sell out in 2002

  47. i10east says: Jan 1, 2012 2:19 AM

    The obligatory ‘Not knowing that Jax exist’ post is a lil’ played out & tiresome don’t cha think?

  48. i10east says: Jan 1, 2012 2:29 AM

    “Sell outs and NO tarps!”

    O.co Stadium seats 63K
    Everbank Field(w/tarps) seats 67 K

    Keep on digging for more snappy comments.
    Happy New Year!

  49. i10east says: Jan 1, 2012 2:43 AM

    ^^^Correction…O.co Coliseum. No need for angry Raider fan to blow a gasket concerning their ‘Coliseum’ tag.

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