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The History Of The Raiderettes
Have you ever wondered about how and why the Raiderettes came about? The Las Vegas Raiderettes have the honor of being among the finest cheerleaders and dancers in professional sports. It’s been a long road getting the attention they deserve as more than beautiful women. Let’s go back to the beginning…
Most Raiders fans know that the Oakland Raiders Football team became the 8th AFL expansion team in 1960. Being a brand-new team near the established San Francisco 49ers, The Oakland Raiders were challenged from the start, finishing 1960 with a 6-8 losing season. Add having to play in 3 different venues that the first year, the attendance was also dismal. The attendance at the last 3 games of 1960 was:
Dec. 4 – Chargers @ Raiders Attendance 12,061 (Lost 41-17)
Dec. 11 – N.Y. Titans @ Raiders Attendance 9037 (Lost 31-28)
Dec. 17 – Denver Broncos @ Raiders Attendance Under 7000 (Won 48-10)
Finishing that year losing $500,000, changes needed to be made. What else could be done to attract attendees? Their music director was Del Courtney, a jazz Big Band Leader, so he and his “Upbeats Band” were hired to do the show at half-time. Thinking that music wasn’t enough, it was suggested to Del that he add some girls or dancers for sex appeal.
Radio City Rockettes Influence
Knowing a retired Radio City Rockette, she and Del started visiting dance studios, thinking to emulate the Rockettes. After trying out these kids/dancers, 8 were chosen, and two were only 14 years old. The first program in 1962 had a blurb that said, “Our halftime production will be better than in 1961, with the addition of the Oakland Raiderette, a precision team modeled after the World Famous Rockettes of Radio City fame in New York City.”
The Raiderettes cheered at games for no money, but their parents were given tickets to the games. For the good of the team, they also did shows at the local tech center as publicity, also with no pay. This was the standard for sports with cheerleaders, including baseball and football. Soon after their debut, the Raiderettes were considered to be among the best.
Uniforms for the Raiderettes
Over the years, multiple uniforms were tried for the Raiderettes. Teams with cheerleaders in the 1960s had varied uniforms and equipment. Some teams used batons or gloves. Most had hats- the Steelers had silver hard hats and suspenders. The Dallas cheerleaders had tight gold pants, red fringed shirts, and white cowgirl hats until something happened in Dallas that forever changed the look of cheerleading.
A Dallas cameraman who loved women took what he called “Honey Shots” of cute women in the crowd every week. One week a burlesque dancer named Bubbles Cash attended a game that was filmed in a micro-mini skirt blowing kisses to the men. Upon the staff seeing this, they went crazy. That was when uniforms became short, with skin showing wherever possible. The sexier the better. Cheerleaders were chosen for both looks and their dance ability from then on.
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The Raiders In Las Vegas!
When the Raiders announced that the team was relocating to Las Vegas, many fans were surprised. The hometown team leaving Oakland in exchange for the Entertainment Capital of the World? A hundred different reactions abounded, and it took 4 years to move once the move was announced. Then 2020 happened.
After a year with no fans at the gorgeous Allegiant Stadium, 2021 should be the Raiders’ best year ever. Game tickets are hard to come by, and hotel rooms are booked. The least expensive seats for the Raiders’ 2021 Season Opener, Monday Night Football Game on September 15th, currently start at $800 a seat.
Whether you’re watching the game at Allegiant Stadium, a watch party, or from the best seat in your house, it’ll be GREAT!
With all the Raiders fans moving to Las Vegas, here’s some Las Vegas Lifestyle information. Although most people visualize Las Vegas as “The Strip,” it’s so much more. After all, the Las Vegas Strip is only one street in over 600 square miles of communities.
Las Vegas has considerably less expensive housing than most of America. There’s minimal traffic, 300+ sunny days a year, and incredible entertainment opportunities. Add in Nevada having no state income tax, and Las Vegas is extremely enticing.
According to our sponsor Kurt Grosse with Realty One Group, “Over 60% of Raiders fans who moved to Las Vegas in 2021 paid cash for their new home. Especially after selling a California home, Las Vegas is quite the deal! Crime rates are low, everything is located within 30 minutes, and the entire city looks new.”
If you’re considering a Las Vegas move, contact his office or visit HomesForSale.Vegas to check out everything about Las Vegas. His office also provides informational city tours to help you decide which area of Las Vegas is right for you.
Get started now to take advantage of the historically low interest rates. Kurt is both an offensive and defensive coordinator when representing you – you want him on your team! Call his office with questions, for a free housing consultation, and your “Area of Town Tour” today.
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