Even though the Oakland Raiders have become the Las Vegas Raiders, there has been one constant over the past few seasons: the infamous “Black Hole” of the team. One of the best known and most recognizable fan sections in all professional sports, the “Black Hole” sadly lost one of its pioneers as Rob Rivera, co-founder of the mad group Raiders, passed away this past year. week of complications related to COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE
A native of Oakland, Rivera was in his 50s at the time of his death. Raiders coach Jon Gruden was saddened by the news and expressed his thoughts to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.
“Sad day for Raider Nation. He was the Original. Most importantly, a great man who loved life.
Rivera was inspired to help create what eventually became known as the “Black Hole” after seeing the Cleveland Browns’ “Dawg Pound” while watching television in 1994. The “Black Hole” was previously located at the south end of the Oakland Coliseum before making the transition to the south end area of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Even with the California Raiders moving to Nevada, with the 2021-22 NFL season being the first time fans of the team can truly experience Allegiant Stadium, the presence of the “black hole” remains unchanged.
The Raiders got off to a 2-0 start, already beating two still dangerous AFC North franchises to the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. With Gruden’s protections on the go, the Raiders will now begin to prepare to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.