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.”

Would you pay $25 a game to see the Raiders next season? Tell us in the comments section below.

Nurse Beth February 10, 2013 at 06:13 PM
I've been to one NFL game in my life and it was the Raiders vs Eagles a couple years ago. (It was when Michael Vick had just come back) I had an awesome experience. I've heard horror stories of the die-hard fans, but didn't have any negative experiences. Of course the Raiders won that day. I would totally buy season tickets. A live game is WAY more exciting than sitting in my living room.
Californicated1 February 10, 2013 at 06:40 PM
And hopefully, somebody was there with you at the game, holding your hand, keeping you company, letting you rest your head on their shoulders--or them resting their head on your shoulder--and just savoring this moment together, along with possibly 66,000 other people and the folks watching on TV where the game was not "blacked out".
Punxnotdead February 11, 2013 at 06:34 AM
Mike S February 12, 2013 at 05:45 PM
I wondered how long it was going to take for ticketmaster to figure this one out. Brilliant marketing ploy - the tickets will be bought up by scalpers and then resold for $40 - $50 a piece. The Raiders will get their sold out stadium and the scalpers become unofficial ticket agents. You don't think this is true? lol...look at what happened to the Warriors 200 section seats behind the baskets at the coliseum. The employee/team that designed this promotion is surely up for a promotion - well done.
SFMetalhead February 12, 2013 at 07:16 PM
My feeling is that the NFL attracts a booze-filled out of control element that is much less prevalent at MLB or NBA games. Security is always an issue at events with lots of people, but the NFL seems to have an overdose of this. The Raiders fans have gotten a bad rap for this over the years, but I think that whole thing has spread to all franchises (yes, the Raiders were ahead of their time). No - $25 tickets won't do it for me, but then again, I am a baseball fan.


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