Raiders renting out parking spaces at new stadium so fans can watch games on TV for $80 per person

Good news, Oakland Los Angeles Oakland Las Vegas Raiders fans! Even though you can’t buy tickets to see games in person, because of that whole “deadly pandemic” thing, you can still sit in a parking lot and watch the game on TV, and it’ll only cost you $400 per carload!

The Las Vegas Raiders sent an email to season ticket holders late Tuesday advertising the Tailgate Zone at Allegiant Stadium, where fans in vehicles with five or fewer occupants can park in a stadium lot and watch the team’s game Sunday versus the New England Patriots.

Fans will watch the action on a large LED screen and a stage will be constructed where Raiders special appearances and performances are planned…

Options range from $400 for the Tailgate Ticket package to $500 for the VIP package, with both including food and beverage packages. Fans are also allowed to bring additional food and beverages from home, including alcohol, which isn’t served at the event.

Okay, so on the one hand this isn’t the most outrageous thing ever. Tailgating is super-popular among football fans for reasons I still can’t quite fathom — it mostly seems to involve being drunk in public and something about jumping on folding tables? — but if people really want to pay $80 per person to sit in a parking lot and watch a big screen instead of doing the same in their living room, more power to ’em, I guess? And the $80 does come with some free nachos or something, and there will be a system of alternating cars and tailgate spaces so that people can still socially distance (because surely drunk football fans would never dare wander out of their designated zones to socialize with each other), so clearly at least a little bit of thought has been put into this.

On the other hand: This is the most outrageous thing ever! A team owner who just got $750 million in taxpayer cash to help build a new stadium so he could move his team out of its previous home is now making up for not being able to sell high-priced tickets to watch the game in person by selling high-priced tickets to watch the game on TV in a parking lot! In a just world, Mark Davis would open up the damn parking lot for free as thanks to Nevada residents for helping buy his new bauble, and maybe offer to sell them some damn overpriced nachos if they want! What is this world even coming to?

Also, I’m pretty sure that photo accompanying the article depicts a Raiders fan dressed as Cthulhu. This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with severely overpriced cosplay. It had a good run — roll the tape.

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7 comments on “Raiders renting out parking spaces at new stadium so fans can watch games on TV for $80 per person

  1. Tailgating packages are not a new concept. Other teams have them, though usually people walk around and do stuff. The New Orleans Saints of the NFL has one at $85 per person for a three hour tailgate that includes food and drinks (beer and wine). The “experience” makes up the bulk of the price.

    This might actually work without alcohol and forcing people to sit in their hot cramped cars. The Las Vegases had the highest average “get in” price based on tickets listed on stubhub at $379.87. The lowest price for a regular season game was $190 per ticket against the Los Angeles Chargers football club. Only preseason games were available for less than $100. People are willing to spend to see the new team in town. The owner probably wants to take advantage of that.

  2. Hmmmn. Just a couple of days ago I heard Levy and Co saying (on ABC and wearing those awesome pale yellow blazers…) that “Mark Davis has not missed a game since 1963, but he decided that in solidarity with all those fans who cannot attend today’s game, he would stay home and suffer along with them”

    Ahem. Now, pause to consider the relative suffering involved for a moment… but even so. Davis didn’t go to the game, allegedly for solidarity reasons. Yet he is now willing to sell tailgating packages (not clear whether these were available for the Monday nighter) to those same fans he skipped the game in solidarity with?

    Sounds to me like maybe the ’97 Grand Voyager developed mechanical trouble on the way to sin city. How bout you?

  3. I used to go regularly to dolphins games. For a while, it was about just going to see the game. But over time, I came to see the allure of tailgating. Lots of interesting smells (and a willingness to share food and recipes), lots of fun people watching, plenty of camaraderie, and a hopeful expectation because the game hadn’t been played yet. And as the weather in south florida turned cooler-ish, it was pleasant to be outside.

    As the team underperformed, the tailgate became a more fun activity than the game itself. So much so that a few guys I knew started coming out just to hang out.

    They’d get a parking pass and bring an elaborate directv setup so they could tailgate all day while watching any/all games, staying around to watch late games as well.

    Stadium people would remind them this wasn’t allowed, but would hang out for a while to catch up on games.

    And so it went. In some ways, it was probably better than being at home to watch a game. It was a mobile party in a way with food and drink going all day.

  4. Yeah amazing how naive people are, of course nevadans pay plenty of taxes indirectly and on the sly, just wait til property taxes, registration fees, parking tickets and a whole slew of other stuff increases. Being a vice based economy also has lots and lots of non-monetary costs, sheesh. I for one admire large cities that don’t don’t have any professional teams, although they’re pretty rare now too much loot for politiwhores and cronies.

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