The Raiders are entering the season with the smallest stadium in the NFL at 53,000 seating capacity. The stadium up until this season held 63,000 thousand fans but the Raiders decided to cover 10,000 seats to help to avoid TV blackouts. The O.co coliseum or the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum which is what it has been known as for the past 47 years is one of the oldest stadiums in the NFL and is the only dual purpose stadium left in the NFL. But with that being said, the Raiders lease with the O.co coliseum is running out after the 2013 season and owner Mark Davis has stated that he refuses to sign another short term lease for the Raiders to remain playing in their current stadium.
So where does Raiders owner Mark Davis go from here? There are a few options:
1. I do give Mark Davis credit, he is trying to keep the Raiders in Oakland with his recent proposal. Owner Mark Davis is proposing to the city of Oakland a brand new 50,000 seat stadium which would be the NFL’s smallest stadium. This would keep Raiders fan happy by keeping their football team in Oakland, the Oakland A’s are looking to move to San Jose, and they would get a brand new stadium– win win. But the new stadium would cost around $800,000,000 and judging the Raiders current financial status, they could not even cover close to half of the cost.
2. We all know the NFL is trying like crazy to get a team back into Los Angeles, CA. And why not, Los Angeles is the second largest city in the USA next to New York, NY. The city of Los Angeles is currently in the process of building a brand new 75,000+ seating venue. The Raiders could certainly benefit from moving back to LA, they would get a massive new free stadium and they already have a built in fan base in LA. The Raiders were in LA from 1982-1994 and had some successful seasons in Los Angeles including a Superbowl win in 1983. But Al Davis moved the Raiders out of Los Angeles after the 1994 season because the Raiders 92,000+ seat coliseum would only get half full on game day leaving thousands of seats unfilled. But if the Raiders do move back to Los Angeles I am sure the city of Los Angeles would make sure they market the team as much as possible to make sure their brand new stadium is sold out every Sunday.
So what do you think Raider nation? Should Mark Davis try and build the NFL’s smallest stadium and keep the Raiders in Oakland or should he move the Raiders back to Los Angeles? Love to hear what you think!
Raiders Training Camp begins July 25! I will be reporting throughout camp! Stay tuned!