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Vegas paper labels Oakland Raiders fans in Black Hole as ‘scary’, ‘intimidating’ and not ‘family friendly’

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Everything about the Raiders will be better in Las Vegas, apparently. Even the FANS will be better. So says Rick Velotta of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

According to Velotta Oakland Raiders fans in the Black Hole would be “shocked” to learn that those in charge of the Las Vegas stadium want a family friendly atmosphere (Shocked I tell you!). I guess because you can’t bring your family to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for a game. At least according to someone who has probably never set foot in said stadium.

The Black Hole, according to Velotta is THE section in OACC where Raiders fans wear “scary costumes.” He goes on:

Denizens of The Black Hole dress in intimidating silver and black costumes adorned with skulls, spikes and armor to accentuate their outlaw image.

Let’s see some of those scaaaaarrryyy characters.

F%#cking horrifying!

To be fair, Velotta doesn’t come by this ignorant misconception all on his own. Las Vegas Stadium Company chief operating officer Don Webb promoted it first.

“We want the stadium to be not only a safe environment, but we want it to be perceived as a family-friendly environment,” Webb told the Review Journal in a Thursday breakfast panel. “So I think there will be some changes, frankly, to the fan base when the team moves to Las Vegas and the method of operating the stadium. I think I’ll leave it there, but the team ownership and team management is very keen on projecting the right image when this team comes to Las Vegas.”

You’ll leave it there, Don? No, please, go on. Do continue telling us how in promoting this squeaky clean image awaiting everyone in Las Vegas you feel the need to trash the fans and the experience in Oakland. And, by all means, Mr Velotta, don’t let us stop you from being another mouthpiece echoing that false narrative.