The Oakland Raiders have been bottom feeders in the NFL basically since they appeared in a Super Bowl roughly a decade ago. They hit rock bottom got the number one draft pick and selected beastly LSU quarterback Jamarcus Russell. He then went and hit rock bottom and was quickly ushered out of the NFL.
But the Raiders have always had an intimidating group of fans who sat in the “black hole” and this section of fans gave the Raiders an edge, supposedly. But now even the fans are abandoning the Raiders.
The Raiders have been struggling to sell out games and in an effort to sell out more games they’ve decided to tarp off nearly 10,000 upper deck seats to lower the capacity. This will drop maximum capacity to 53,25o seats approximately.
And this will also help the Raiders appear on TV and avoid black outs. The Associated Press explained:
The Raiders’ average attendance last season was 54,217 when they needed to sell only 85 percent of the seats to avoid local blackouts. This season, they will need a sellout to have games televised locally.
Well we know fans aren’t going to the games to watch, so it is polite of the Raiders to work their hardest to make sure fans can watch at home. This lowering of attendance will make the Oakland Coliseum the lowest capacity NFL venue.