The Raiders will reduce the capacity at O.co Coliseum by nearly 10,000 seats to 53,200 starting in the 2013 season, Raiders CEO Amy Trask announced Feb. 6.
The team wants a smaller capacity to ensure home games remain on local television and to create a better game-day atmosphere.
The third deck on the east side of the Coliseum likely will be covered by a tarp, according to Trask. Fans and media have long called the east side upper structure "Mount Davis," after Al Davis, the late Raiders owner.
About 4,850 fans reportedly will be relocated with the price of their season tickets reduced from $260 to $250.
All seats in the west side third deck at the Coliseum from sections 304 through 330 will be a $250 per season ticket — even those that previously cost $610 or $460 depending on location.
Season-ticket holders in the first and second levels will get a price reduction of $10 per ticket, according to the team's website, raiders.com
Please click for O.co Coliseum seating chart and pricing for 2013 Raiders home games.
In reducing the maximum capacity at the Coliseum for football from 63,132 to 53,200, the Raiders will have the smallest venue in the NFL. Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, seats 61,500.
The Oakland A's, who share the Coliseum with the Raiders, have tarped off sections of the third deck since 2006, reducing capacity at the Coliseum for baseball to the 34,000 range. The NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars have reduced capacity by approximately 10,000 in the same manner.
The Raiders’ average attendance during the 2012 season was 54,217 when the team needed to sell only 85 percent of the non-suite tickets to avoid local television blackouts. This season, they reportedly will need a sellout to have games televised locally.
The Raiders have avoided the local television blackout in 15 of the past 16 regular-season games.