Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — In hopes of selling more tickets and avoiding TV blackouts, the Oakland Raiders are contemplating building a new stadium. According to the NFL on July 16, while deciding to build the new stadium, the current stadium will be reduced to 50,000 seats, making it the smallest in the NFL by a large margin.
It has been reported that a new stadium on the current site is viable, but for a large sum. The finances of the project are where the issues come in, as the Raiders might have to contribute some money to the new stadium. Also, the stadium would be even smaller than the current, seating only about 3,000 less fans. The second smallest venue in the league is Soldier Field in Chicago, and that stadium still has 11,500 more than the Raiders field.
The Raiders only lost one home game last season to a blackout last season, but they need some help from a new rule implemented by the league in 2012. The rule allowed teams to declare sellouts once 85 percent of tickets were sold. In order to continue preventing the loss of games to TV blackouts, the Raiders are prepared to explore other options, including the building of a new stadium. While other teams build stadiums made to hold an upwards of 80,000-100,000 fans for the hopes of hosting a super bowl one day, the Raiders have no such ambition. The team’s lease with their current stadium ends after the 2013 season, so this just might be the perfect opportunity to make their new venue. They have the opportunity to move wherever they want, but owner Mark Davis says it looks like they will stay put in Oakland.
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