Vote Is In
With a 31-1 vote, the Raiders are now all set to officially move to Las Vegas. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Miami Dolphins were the only team to vote against this proposed relocation.
As for the 2017 season, the Raiders will still call Oakland home and they will likely play there for the 2018 season as well while the $1.9 billion domed stadium is under construction. Essentially Mark Davis is gutting out Oakland fans for every last penny, then will leave town.
Ticket prices will skyrocket while the team remains in Oakland. The reported reasons are the team’s recent success, but the real motive is to help fund the move to Sin City. Tickets in some sections of the Coliseum will spike up by 187%. Mark Davis is not just breaking the bank for Raider fans to see their beloved team, he is also breaking their hearts.
Las Vegas Affect
It is no secret, the Raiders have fans everywhere, but the loyalty shown in Oakland is second to none. The city has already had their heart ripped out once, only to suffer the tragedy a second time. The Black Hole experience in Vegas might see some new faces as some fans are clearly upset and in opposition to the proposed move. A long time season ticket holder who sits in the Black Hole for every home game told me upon hearing the news that she is “disgusted” and that, “I’d rather go watch them play an away game.”
A team in Vegas will create a vacation atmosphere, rather than provide home field advantage. Currently, the Raiders have one of the more intimidating home field advantages with the Black Hole in Oakland as the core of the Silver and Black pride.
Raider Nation & Football Community
Raider Nation and fellow NFL fans, how does this news resonate with you? Let me know in the comments or reach me on Twitter, I want to hear your thoughts!