If you're planning on heading to Las Vegas for a Raiders game this year, you might want to start looking for tickets now, because they're not going to be easy to find, and then, even if you find them, they're not going to be cheap. According to the Athletic, the Raiders have already sold out every ticket they have for the 2020 season. There's a multitude of factors for why there's so much excitement surrounding the Raiders, and not all of it has to do with the fact that the team is now located in Vegas (although that's a big reason). Another reason the Raiders are popular this season is because they're the Raiders. If the team's fans have proven one thing over the years, it's that they'll attend games whether the team is located in Los Angeles, Oakland or Las Vegas.
Another factor helping the Raiders is that they have one of the best home schedules in football. For their inaugural season at Allegiant Stadium, the Raiders will get play host to Drew Brees' Saints, Tom Brady's Buccaneers, Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs, and not surprisingly, all three of those games will be in primetime.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden actually wanted to see all the team's games put in primetime.
"I love it," Gruden told Raiders.com, via the Athletic. "I mean, I just love it. You don't want to go anywhere else for primetime. I am surprised they're not all in prime time when we play in Vegas."
The Raiders will also host a fourth primetime game against the Chargers.
Another thing that has fans excited is the opening of Allegiant Stadium.
The team's opening game at the $1.9 billion stadium will come in Week 2 in a Monday night showdown with the Saints.
If you want to go to that game -- or any other game for that matter -- it's going to be costly. With everything sold out, the only way to get a ticket is on the secondary market, and if you go that route, it's not going to be cheap. According to data from TicketIQ, Raiders tickets are selling for an average of $1,098 on the secondary market. To put that in perspective, no other team has tickets selling for above $800 on average, and only two teams are even above $600 (Broncos and Cowboys).
As things currently stand, the cheapest ticket to a Raiders game this season is going for $250, which is what the price is on Stubhub for the team's Week 16 game against the Dolphins. If you want to attend the opener against the Saints, the CHEAPEST ticket is going for $675. If you want to sit in the lower-level of the stadium for that Monday game, the cheapest ticket is going to cost you roughly $1100.
On average, the Raiders ticket prices on the secondary market are 527% higher than last season, which is the biggest increase in the NFL. The next three biggest increases belong to the Jets (+153%), Bengals (+147%) and Buccaneers (+135%).