The Oakland Raiders are close to selling out their season tickets for the first time in franchise history, owner Mark Davis told ESPN this weekend.
“We’re excited as hell,” he. “Again, we’ve got the greatest fans in the world. The Raider Nation is strong.”
The Raiders will remain in Oakland next season, after signing a one-year lease to remain at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum for the 2016 season. They also have two one-year options for 2017 and 2018.
Their future, however, is up in the air. Davis has toured Las Vegas as a potential new home for the franchise, after losing in a three-team race to relocate to the Los Angeles to the Rams and San Diego Chargers.
Still, the Raiders could join the Rams in their Inglewood home, should the Chargers decide to remain in San Diego, who is currently trying to get approval for new stadium in Diego.
ESPN says momentum is growing in Las Vegas for the Raiders, though. Davis is reportedly set to attend a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee on Thursday, though he has not commented on the move.
The Raiders improved to seven wins last season, after winning just three a year before. The team is centered around young players such as quarterback Derek Carr, All-Pro outside linebacker/defensive end Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper.
Due to the growing popularity of their young players, demand for seasons tickets has grown. According to the team, season tickets have gone from 30,000 in 2013 to 37,000 in 2014 to 42,200 last year to just under 50,000 so far this offseason.
The Coliseum has a capacity of nearly 53,250.