Thursday, February 07, 2013

Raiders will drop stadium capacity

Since moving back to Oakland in 1995, the Raiders have struggled to sell tickets and get fans in the stands. Now, in an effort to avoid blackouts, they will drop stadium capacity at the Oakland Coliseum.

In what the organization is calling a "capacity adjustment," the Raiders are planning to block off 28 sections of the upper deck at Coliseum, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. This will include sections 335 through 355, derisively known by locals as Mount Davis.

The Capacity for Raider games will drop from 64,200 to 53,200. It now has the fewest seats of any stadium in the NFL.

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

The obvious solution that would help sell tickets would be if they just won. They haven't made the playoffs since '02 and were 4-12 last season.

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