The Black Hole In Las Vegas
During every Raiders’ home game since 1996, the most notorious fans in all of football SHOW UP. Made-up, decked out, and literally dressed to kill, the Black Hole Super Fans are seen cheering for the Raiders. However, not only do they cheer for the Raiders, they intimidate the opposition. Other teams have been known to want to avoid being in the vicinity of these scary-looking and loud fans. Have you ever wondered how the Black Hole came about?
The Black Hole was formed by Rob Rivera and some friends back in 1996. Rob had been sitting with the same people watching games and drinking A Lot of beer and the Black Hole was formed. Starting with just a few people, every week more and more fans participated in the fun. Soon sections 104-107 were joined by a thousand others throughout the stadium.
There were some moments years ago where the Black Hole was a bit over-zealous and occasionally violent. My brother would talk about how he would come home from games wearing more beer than he drank. As the Black Hole evolved, they became very good at being loud, intimidating, and having a great time.
Black Hole fans aren’t simply Raiders fans. Believe it or not, the group they’ve created does not only focus on fun. Members are very active in their communities. Their civic activities, which include feeding programs and toy drives every Christmas, make a difference. Most members have respectable careers despite outward Sunday appearances.
Will Black Hole still be at every home game?
With the team’s move to Las Vegas, making the journey was cost-prohibitive for some Oakland season ticket holders. When combining airfare, hotel, transportation, PSL, and the cost of games, choices had to be made.
Many Black Hole regulars will become visitors instead and we will miss them. Fortunately, Las Vegas is a great place to live. Over the years both Los Angeles and Bay Area Raiders fans have moved to Las Vegas. Las Vegas will combine 2 legacies into 1 future.
When combining fans from all three cities, the Black Hole will thrive. The Raiders encourage everyone to dress up and join in the fun. Either way, Game Day will be filled with a lot of silver and black clothing, large spikes, great costumes, and gallons of face paint.
When given the choice of seating at Allegiant Stadium, the lure of a different viewing position has enabled the Black Hole to spread cheer throughout the stadium. There are those that choose to sit in the south end-zone sections again. As a result, there will probably be some unaware and very surprised new fans. The Black Hole grew organically in Oakland and will grow again in Las Vegas. After-all, Las Vegans love to have fun!
Coming To Las Vegas
Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders’ newest home, has 65,000 seats, clubs, multiple screens, and different levels. Seating in the north end zone was designed with luxurious club booths and box seats. Planning slated the south end as a Black Hole fan zone.
Cisco Ortega, the President of the Black Hole Las Vegas chapter, says that “some Black Hole fans will be in the south end zone and some above it. However, expect there to be Black Hole fans throughout the stadium on every level.”
According to Raiders President Marc Badain, 40 percent of the sold-out personal seat licenses were purchased by fans living outside of Las Vegas. Many other seats were purchased by locals or hotel/casinos that will bring in a good variety of fans.
Given the proximity of Las Vegas to Los Angeles, many southern California fans will drive to games. With frequent and inexpensive flights between the Bay Area and Las Vegas, we expect many fans in general to make the journey. Imagine the atmosphere in every hotel and casino on game weekends! Tough to stay away…
Regardless of bad feelings about the move from Oakland to Vegas, most Black Hole fans remain devoted to the team. Even the long and slow departure from Oakland never became a reason to withdraw their support from the Raiders. Unfortunately, some Black Hole icons have hung up their gear. The Raiders will welcome them back anytime. 🖤
Raiders Relocating to Las Vegas
When the Raiders announced the team was relocating to Las Vegas, the world was shocked. The hometown team leaving Oakland in exchange for the Entertainment Capital of the World? A hundred different reactions abounded 4 years ago when the move was announced.
Most Raiders fans love their team intensely, so some simply moved themselves and their businesses to Nevada. Many retired. Those choices were often made after comparing the cities’ lifestyles. Las Vegas has considerably less expensive housing, minimal traffic, 300+ sunny days a year, and the Las Vegas Raiders. It’s rather enticing.
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- Moving to Las Vegas is a smart move both for the Raiders and the Black Hole fans. Gone is the commute. In Oakland, players, coaches, and staff would drive for hours to and from work every day. In Las Vegas, work is just 5-10 minutes away from both the headquarters/practice facility and the stadium. With such a short distance to travel, the players no longer endure tiring long drives after work-outs and practices. Instead, they have more time to live a quality life, relax, and condition themselves for game day. Happy players make better players.
- For fans that choose to stay in the Bay Area, visiting Las Vegas is only an hour away. This means that Black Hole fans don’t have to stay overnight. However, spending time in Las Vegas is not a hardship. With everything the city has to offer, who would want to leave without enjoying your surroundings first?
- Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World for a reason! Expect traveling Black Hole fans to party ‘til dawn before and after games. Staying at 5-star hotels, dining on delectable foods, and going to shows are not hardships. The city is perfect for long weekends or vacations. Mark Davis took this into account when choosing a new home, not just for the team but for the fans as well.
Sadly, 2020 isn’t quite what everyone thought it would be- yet. It’s doubtful that fans will enter Allegiant Stadium the first season except on tours. Viewing parties are limited to 50 people indoors. Because of this mandate, hotels, bars, and sportsbooks will not be the same either. But count on Las Vegas making up for lost time next year. Plus Allegiant Stadium has a Mega-Tron TV outside the stadium. That’s where we will be during home games this year.
For the second time in Raiders Nation history, the team has left the East Bay. Leaving for the bright lights of Hollywood in 1982 and back to Oakland in 1994. This year they moved into their new home built among the neon lights of Las Vegas. Finally, they are home for good.
While Allegiant Stadium has all the glitz and glam that a 2 billion dollar stadium should have, it has been nicknamed the “Death Star.” Very fitting because it will be a Death Star for other teams. This is an exciting time – the Raiders’ California fan base and Las Vegas have joined together and the Raiders are a force in 2020 and beyond.
When life is normal again, plan your trip, and join all the other silver and black shirts filling the city. We are going to show Vegas what a party is – Raiders style!