I got an e-mail to re-new my season tickets and I was checking out to see prices and I saw they blacked out mt. Davis seats. That's a couple thousand seats they cut off. Now 3rd deck seats are going for cheaper. Why could this be?
As part of a stadium "capacity adjustment" for the 2013 NFL season, the Raiders are going to block off the top of Mt. Davis on the east side of the O.co Coliseum -- sections 335 through 355 -- as well as upper deck sections 300 through 303 on the south side of the original stadium and sections 331 through 334 on the north side.
It is not yet known how many total seats are in those sections but with a pre-adjusted capacity of 63,132, the Coliseum had the second-lowest in the NFL, ahead of the Chicago Bears' Soldier Field, which is listed at 61,500. The capacity at the Coliseum for Raiders games will now be 53,200.
Some 4,850 Raiders season ticket holders are being relocated from the top of Mt. Davis to the upper deck on the west side of the stadium. The Raiders will continue to tarp off the upper deck throughout the entire season, per NFL rules.
"Our hope, our desire is a new stadium at that site," Raiders CEO Amy Trask said, reiterating the team's desire to stay in Oakland. "This is the tool we're using this year to create that vibrant community of season ticket holders."
Since returning to Oakland from Los Angeles in 1995, the Raiders struggled with selling enough tickets to avoid local television blackouts. But in 2011, the Raiders sold out every home game and in 2012, after taking advantage of the league's 85 percent threshold rule, meaning they did not have to sell every seat in the Coliseum to avoid blackouts, seven of eight home games were televised locally. The only blackout was against Cleveland on Dec. 2.
In fact, the Raiders have televised 15 of their last 16 home games, and since 1995, the Raiders have televised 64 home games and been forced to black out 80 games.
So it looks like we are possibly getting a new stadium in the bay. Thank god.