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COLISEUM AUTHORITY RAISES RAIDERS' TICKET PACKAGES BY $10
Published March 24, 1998
The Oakland Coliseum Authority voted to increase the price of a Raiders season-ticket package by $10 next season, "an increase some officials fear may drive away fans," according to Renee Koury of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. The extra fees will bring about $310,000 "in badly needed revenue" to the Authority. Though the increase averages just $1 per home game, Oakland Football Marketing Assoc. Dir Richard Rogers said it may cause fans "to bail out of their contracts." Just 33,000 of 55,000 PSLs and club seats have been sold and "about" 7,000 fans have forfeited licenses since the Raiders moved back to Oakland in '95. Rogers: "The extra $10 isn't a lot of money, but it may be the straw that breaks the camel's back." But Coliseum Authority Chair Mary King said her group has "a responsibility to show good faith" to county residents, "whether they have an interest in football or not" (MERCURY NEWS, 3/20). In Oakland, Laura Counts wrote that the increase gives fans "another reason to feel sour about the whole deal" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 2/20).