Hollywood Park was originally where Al Davis wanted to build a new stadium for his L.A. Raiders. Had this venue been built, the Raiders would still be in L.A.
It has been authenticated that a few teams are watching and showing interest in have a stadium in this site. Only 2 teams that we know about. Of course it’s the 2 that left. Mark Davis has even admitted he is monitoring the Hollywood Park and any L.A. stadium issues. Of course Raider fans in L.A. need to know a few things.
The Raiders lease at their current venue is up after 2013. Basically 3 months. The current stadium they are in doesn’t sell out on constant basis and uses tarps to hide its shame of lack of fan support. Even with tickets as low as 5 dollars they still have trouble selling out. Unless the Steelers or Cowboys are in town(Cowboy and Steeler fans snatch up these tickets) the Raiders have issues at selling tickets. Some of he cheapest tickets in the league.
Plus the current venue the Raiders play at has sewage problems, the pipes are backing up into the dug outs and onto the field. This stadium is finished. If the teams leave it will probably be exterminated, it’s the bad. Small and smelly.
With the 49ers new luxury stadium and mall will be ready next year. The 49ers are taking over the local fan base as number one.
A couple more playoff seasons and a couple more Raider seasons under 500, and they are finished. L.A. is where the Raiders belong, Mark Davis can make tons of money, and more light is shined on the Raiders in Southern California due to the area. Raider Nation was born in L.A. This is why you see Raider fans at opposing stadiums, even rivals, before L.A., there was never a fan base outside its original home. In fact when the Raiders traveled to Denver, they couldn’t get of the bus, because Broncos fans were throwing so much garbage at them. They always had to get in and get out of retro Mile High. Before the Black Hole there were they South Stands at Mile High Stadium. These were 3 times larger than the Black Hole, and you never ever wore any other teams colors, and if a Raider fan was found in these stands, the penalty was death. The South Stands was so hardcore that when playing the San Francisco 49ers,they were going for the game winning field goal, when the ball was kicked it was heading through the uprights until a South Stands fan threw a huge snowball perfectly to hit the pigskin and turned it right, making it miss. That’s passion. There quite a few incidents that we can’t talk about due to the graphic nature. But Raider fan was never found in this location, or even around Mile High stadium in the pre L.A. days.
Like all new things Invesco Field became highly prices and you will find the elite Bronco Fans out numbering the Joe Six Pack Bronco fans. Yet they are still loud and passionate and love the Broncos, but you find a few Raider fans scattered around the Invesco Field. A simple no-no back in retro Mile High Days.
No Bronco fan would ever sell their tickets to an opposing fan, especially a Raider fan in the Retro Mile High Days. Now, since the internet and money always rules the masses, this happens. Invesco is completely sold out, so the only way an opposing fan can get in, if a Bronco Ticket holder sells his ticket. With the internet and making offers they cant refuse who can blame them for selling their seats and staying home and watching the game. It’s much cheaper. The retro Mile High when Joe Six Pack ruled and reign no tickets were sold to the enemy and the prices for beer, parking and Hot Dogs, were quite cheaper. Not anymore. Why we understand when loyal fans sell their tickets to an opposing fan, they make too much money of it. Times have changed in the NFL. It’s becoming more college like in fan attendance, in the NCAA fans of the opposing teams can be found at every game -even if it is the most hated rival, this is a rule. This is what makes the games more intense and fun. The NFL is slowly having this happen, there is no current rule, but a few seasons ago the Cowboys visited Candlestick Park. There were just as many Cowboy fans as 49er ones- and they were louder than the 49er fans. Everyone noticed it. The media the newspapers, the players, Cowboy players loved it. Now if Candlestick is sold out through out the year, how did these Bay Area Cowboy fans get in, the 49er fans sold them their tickets. There is a giant Cowboy fan base both in Northern and Southern California, and they showed it at Candlestick Park. Let’s just say if the Cowboys moved to California they would have a strong if not stronger fan base than the local teams.
So we can only suspect the Raiders and Rams were interested in Hollywood Park. Could the Vikings be as well, their stadium issues are not set in stone.
I don’t know, I do know one thing the Rams and Raiders have the biggest fan bases in L.A. football wise.
For football in L.A. fans, it wont be much longer, The Raiders lease is up in 2013, and the Rams can leave their lease in 2014.
The Chargers are going to get a new venue in San Diego and stay at home. Which is smart, because Raider fans in L.A. would not have to travel 2 hours to San Diego and would completely take over the stadium and destroy the Charger fan base.
The Jaguars will probably be the team to move over seas. They will be playing many games in London and it looks like they are being groomed for England.
Which many persons in London would love to have them as their team.