Raiders superfan The Violator retires due to high Las Vegas ticket prices


When the final seconds ticked off the Raiders' final game at the Coliseum -- an ugly loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars -- it wasn't just the swan song for the Silver and Black in the East Bay. It also was the last Raiders game for one of the team's most famed supporters.

Wayne Mabry, better known as "The Violator" on fall Sundays, will retire after being one of the Black Hole's most notable members. 

With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, ticket costs for brand new Allegiant Stadium will force Mabry to no longer attend Raiders game. He'll still live and die with his team every Sunday, he'll just do so from afar and without face paint and armor.

“I understand the business side of it,” Mabry told The Las Vegas Review-Journal. “But as a fan, I feel like I’m being evicted. I’m still paying the rent, but they’re selling the property."

“I’ll continue to be a fan. That’s a lifetime commitment,” he said. “But I’ve been pretty much priced out.”

Mabry told the Review-Journal he would have had to sell his Riverside home to afford a seat license in Las Vegas, which is three hours closer than Oakland. Instead, he will retire with the stadium he has called home for two decades. 

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Mabry and Raider Nation still have at least two more games this season, and if a lot of chips fall their favor, the Silver and Black could fall into the playoffs.

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