Raiders owner Mark Davis critical of NFL’s attendance policy plans
Speaking to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Davis said he was the only one to vote against the proposed change. Davis said he can’t imagine telling any fans they can’t attend the opening game of the season and he really doesn’t know how he is supposed to tell fans their seats are going to be covered for the entire season. Said Davis,
“I can’t imagine telling one fan they cannot attend the opening game of our inaugural season in Las Vegas at the most magnificent stadium that they helped to build. Let alone tell 3,500 fans that their seats are gone for the entire season … Those seats in the front rows are some of our most ardent fans, including members of the famed Black Hole. You think I want to sell advertising on their seats?”
The Raiders owner said he knows they are going to need to be creative but everything Las Vegas has proposed to the NFL this offseason has been shot down”
“Creativity will be necessary … One of our executives came up with a solution, one in which Las Vegas will be familiar. But the league shot it down dismissively. But we’re not ready to give up yet. We will do everything we can to see that all our fans are able to attend every game this season.”
Davis also said that he believes a bubble might be necessary if the NFL wants a season to happen, similar to what the NBA has planned when restarting play in late July. He believes the players and fans can be kept apart, but there is no way to do so with the players. The NFL has yet to finalize its plans for players or fans ahead of the 2020 season.