The Oakland Raiders are heading to their new home in Las Vegas for 2020, but with new, high prices, some of their fans are feeling left behind.
Last year, the Raiders announced the move to Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada. The season ticket prices at the new venue are significantly higher, which could be a problem for traveling fans in California. According to the Las Vegas Journal Review, the 63-year-old superfan Wayne Mabry said he is unable to make the move with the team. Mabry, known as “The Violator” who has worn silver and black face paint and Raiders gear to every home game for the past 28 years, said that while he understands the business, he feels “evicted” as a fan.
“I’m still paying the rent, but they’re selling the property,” he said, noting that while he’ll remain a fan as a part of a “lifetime commitment,” but he’s been “priced out.”
While many potential locations were in the works – including the 49ers Levi’s Stadium – the Allegiant Stadium will be ready to play in 2020. It is currently under construction and expected to be complete by July 31, just in time or the 2020 NFL season and the 2020 NCAA season. The estimated cost is $750 million in public funding and $1.1 billion from the Raiders.
Last week, the Raiders played their final game at the Coliseum, however the players were booed off the field when they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars.