The Raiders on Wednesday announced plans to cover the top seating level on Mt. Davis at the Coliseum for home games beginning this season, much like the A’s have done since 2006.
But while the A’s also block off the entire 300-level of seating around the stadium, the Raiders’ seating embargo, in addition to Mt. Davis, will reportedly only extend to several other sections—300 through 303 on the south side and 331 through 334 on the north. Season ticket holders in the affected sections will be relocated elsewhere.
The Coliseum’s new capacity for Raiders games will be 53,200, the lowest in the NFL, down from 63,122, which was the second-lowest.
The plan will also decidedly help the team prevent TV blackouts. With the league’s new 85 percent threshold in play last season, the Raiders only had one game blacked out locally.
Of course, the Raiders main stadium concern at the moment is getting a new one. The Coliseum Authority has recently made inroads in analyzing its options for a new Ra...