Raiders close in on first ever season-ticket sellout

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Amazingly, the Raiders have never sold out their season tickets, at any point in franchise history. Even more amazingly, the Raiders may soon be doing just that.

Via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, owner Mark Davis said Sunday that the Raiders are “on the verge” of accomplishing the historic feat.

We’re excited as hell,” Davis said. “Again, we’ve got the greatest fans in the world. The Raider Nation is strong.”

The development comes at a time when momentum is building toward a possible move to Las Vegas. The spike in sales could help persuade the powers-that-be in Oakland to finally put together the kind of stadium package that keeps the team from leaving.

In 2013, the Raiders had 30,000 season-ticket holders. Currently, 50,000 season tickets have been sold for 2016, in a stadium that holds roughly 53,000.

54 responses to “Raiders close in on first ever season-ticket sellout

  1. The greatest fans in the world and they have never sold out season tickets since they’ve been a franchise? Uh, maybe you need to revise the definition of the word “greatest”

  2. The white guy between 4 & 5 O’clock in the photo looks like they propped up Al Davis’ body, similar to Weekend at Bernie’s.
    Within a few years, the Raiders will be playing in a brand new, billion dollar, indoor/outdoor stadium in Vega$.

  3. The Chargers just kicked off an initiative for their own stadium plan this week. The Rams just got approval their own plan for Los Angeles. Up here in the bay, the Golden State Warriors did one on their own billion dollar arena for San Francisco. While the Niners made their own plan for Santa Clara. My point is this, it should not be Oakland’s responsibly to come up with a plan for a stadium, it should be the Raiders. The city has brought on developer after developer to help the Raiders and all have been rebuffed by the Raiders.The city has countlessly stated it would help out (yes, public contributions), but damn can the Raiders Executive team at least try to mimic the dynamic strides in progress that the Football ops have made?

  4. I am puzzled by the surge in season ticket sales. Even with the A’s rumored to build a ballpark at the Howard Terminal location, Oakland just doesn’t have the economics to help the Raiders get a new stadium. 2016 will be their last season in Oakland. Mark Davis is going to a meeting 4/28 in Las Vegas about a new stadium.

    Why pay your hard earned money to watch a team that will be leaving??? It doesn’t make sense.

  5. City of Oakland is undergoing a good bit of gentrification and it’s economy is doing well. Good on the Raiders.

    Hope they stay…the Oakland Raiders are fun to loathe. The Vegas Raiders doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  6. Attention Raider haters. READ what it is, SEASON TICKET SELLOUT. NOT A GAME SELLOUT. We love our haters but come on, read.
    Funny, Raiders will be sold out and our neighbors in Santa Clara have thousands of PSL holders trying to dump their remaining PSL balances and tickets on secondary sites. (Did PFT write about that? KTVU Channel 2 News in the Bay Area did the report/story)

    RAIDER NATION!!!!

  7. The Sun is rising over the Raider Nation…

    The Draft is days away.

    Let the chant build slowly from the deep and hollow caverns within the O.co Coliseum.

    “Reggie… Reggie… Reggie… Reggie… “

  8. All joking aside and not trying to be a jerk but can a Raider fan explain how they never sold out season ticket holders before… I’m actually shocked.

  9. Good to see the Raiders fans taking advantage of what will be the last season with low ticket prices. If they are better this year, they will raise prices and at the new stadium they will go even higher and the SBL as well. I’d be hesitant with them possibly leaving but I would also take advantage of what will be lower prices and what could be the last time in Oakland.

  10. “Again, we’ve got the greatest fans in the world.”

    56 years without a sellout? C’mon man! Child, please.

  11. “Amazingly, the Raiders have never sold out their season tickets, at any point in franchise history.”
    Really? I can recall a 30K waiting list back in the mid 1970s, before Al Davis announced that he was moving the team to LA.

  12. All I see is a bunch of tarps. That’s the real sellout.

    Truly great fan bases are franchises with waiting lists for years for season tickets.

    The fade are not, and never will be this. It’s not a major league city.

  13. The Raiders fan base is global, most don’t live close enough to the black hole to go to their games, like myself, a PA resident. I have to wait until the Raiders play the browns, Steelers, eagles, bills, or Ravens to see them play in person, which is usually 1-3 times a season. I personally know almost 200 more Raiders fans in my area that would be season ticket holders if they lived in Cali, myself included. There are clusters of Raiders fans like us in every city, state, and country (that has internet), the true number of fans is immeasurable. That’s why they say we’re the greatest fan base, we’re literally everywhere. That’s another reason Vegas isn’t a bad idea, take a vacation and watch your team play at the same time. Can you imagine the playoffs in Vegas? Or the SB? BTW, notice they said around 50 thousand were season ticket holders and not just casual fans? Selling out an entire stadium with nothing but season ticket holders would have to be some kind of record, there’d literally be no seats left for fans who just visit the area occasionally to see games. That’s why they’re making a big deal out of it, not just because the games are gonna be sold out.

  14. Congratulations to the Raiders Organization on being close to their first ever season ticket sellout. I have to admit that I am surprised that it hasn’t happened in the past as the Raiders have had some very good, competitive teams which should have brought out the fair weather fans………I also admit that based on the ‘FANatics’ that the Raiders have following the team that not having season sold out seems weird.

    I hope you don’t lose the team Oakland. I really think it belongs to you. Maybe the new found energy with the improvement and significant potential of your young team will help change things and you won’t.

    Here’s one opposing fan’s support that it ultimately works out for you.

  15. Wait, so the Patriots have sold out every game since 1994, and yet we call them band wagoners??

    The famed “Black hole”, “Raider Nation”… Has never had a season ticket sell out?? EVER?

    This is almost too sad to be funny. The Raiders biggest claim to fame was that NWA wore their hats.

  16. Wow! Raider haters are really not that bright. they don’t even know the difference between SEASON TICKETS SELLOUT and REGULAR SEASON GAMES SELL OUT!!! Seriously you people are really stupid!!!!

  17. The OAKLAND Raiders may never have sold out their season tickets but they sold out every game in the Oakland Coliseum for 14 straight years (1966 to 1979) until Al Davis announced (and then acted on) moving the Raiders to Los Angeles which turned out to be the biggest mistake in franchise history.

  18. The greatest fans in the world and they have never sold out season tickets since they’ve been a franchise? Uh, maybe you need to revise the definition of the word “greatest”

    Oakland isn’t exactly a bastion of affluence. I think some of those folks instead choose to eat/ pay the bills.

  19. Teams like the Raiders that cannot even sell out their stadium to their own “fans” are the ones Goodell should be sending to play in foreign countries.

  20. Good for the Raiders…..as a Bronco fan its obvious Reggie is building a very good team. I expect them to actually win the division this year while we win the wildcard.

  21. The headline made it sound like such an accomplishment, but only 50,000 in a 53,000 stadium. Buffalo is considered a very small market team that many dont think should still exist and for 2 years straight they are capping season tickets at 60,000 in a 71,000 seat stadium. Oakland ticket sales look sad in comparison.

  22. Gee, you put a decent product on the field and look what happens. Didn’t have to sue anybody to do it. Fascinating.

  23. There aren’t many communities in California as dumb as those elected in Santa Clara that will give away nearly a billion dollars in taxpayer money to Billionaires.

  24. The Bills get 10’s of thousands of Canadian fans at all their games, or they would never sellout.

  25. slick50ks says:
    Apr 25, 2016 1:34 AM

    All I see is a bunch of tarps. That’s the real sellout.

    Truly great fan bases are franchises with waiting lists for years for season tickets.

    The fade are not, and never will be this. It’s not a major league city.
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    Raiders are on the way up while the Chiefs are on the way down…. Alex Smith baby!!!!

  26. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    Apr 25, 2016 8:46 AM

    The headline made it sound like such an accomplishment, but only 50,000 in a 53,000 stadium. Buffalo is considered a very small market team that many dont think should still exist and for 2 years straight they are capping season tickets at 60,000 in a 71,000 seat stadium. Oakland ticket sales look sad in comparison.
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    Bills have zero super bowl wins and the raiders have 3 and an AFL championship so the Bills look sad in comparison and so do those 60,000 idiots who pay for season tickets who will never see a championship

  27. The Denver Broncos last non-sellout year was 1969, that is historic. Our current stadium is sold out with a capacity of 76,125 and it’s been sold out with a waiting list. The Raiders might have their first sellout season in franchise history, well that is cute. You can’t claim to have the best fans in the world when you have a half-full stadium with a capacity of 53,250.

  28. Selling over 50,000 season tickets is an accomplishment for some franchises. The vikings got to 50,000 only once (the year that Brett Favre signed with them) in over 50 years and have never sold out the stadium.

    Don’t rain on the Raiders parade.

  29. slick50ks says:
    Apr 25, 2016 1:34 AM

    All I see is a bunch of tarps. That’s the real sellout.

    Truly great fan bases are franchises with waiting lists for years for season tickets.

    The fade are not, and never will be this. It’s not a major league city.

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    Glass houses. When the Chiefs went through their extended bad period (1974-1988), Arrowhead was often half-empty and they rarely sold out. They only started selling out the stadium again after Schottenheimer turned the team around in the 1990s.

  30. Whoa, whoa, whoa, pump the brakes.
    I’m a lifelong Raider fan and I’m happy there is excitement for this season!
    For everyone mad at Mark Davis, this kinda illustrates the struggles in Oakland.
    They are playing in the oldest Stadium and sharing it with a baseball team and yes! Attendance has been so bad that they are jumping for joy at the thought of almost selling out 53,000 season tickets (tarps in place, capacity is 65,000 without the tarps, but tarps add Character) at the very lowest ticket prices (when you factor in cost of living, 2nd lowest if you don’t) with NO huge PSL charges (yeah, I know everyone else has PSL charges).
    This is why you should look blank when someone suggests moving to Levi’s Stadium (besides the Raider Pride factor) can you imagine the Raiders selling 70,000 tickets, at a much higher price, with PSL’s, a hundred miles away, when the just managed to sell 50,000 at the Stadium formerly known as O.CO (RIP Prince)?

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