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About Oakland Raiders
History of the Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders began play in the American Football League in 1960 and joined the NFL in the AFL-NFL merger of 1970. The Oakland Raiders started as a football club in 1960, after the LA Chargers owner decided he would forfeit his franchise unless a second team was placed on the West Coast. The city of Oakland was awarded the eighth AFL franchise before being adopted to the NFL. The team was originally going to be called the Oakland Señors, but due to local jokes the name was changed to Raiders. The Raiders remained in Oakland from 1960-1981 and then moved to Los Angeles in 1982. From 1982-1994 the team played in Los Angeles until moving back to Oakland in 1995. Over the years, the Silver and Black Raiders have won 12 division titles and three out of four Super Bowls, winning in Super Bowls XI, XV, XVIII. The Raiders have had numerous Hall of Famers including John Madden, Marcus Allen, Dave Casper, Howie Long, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, George Blanda and Jim Otto. The Raiders culture is a unique experience in the NFL, with former owner Al Davis coining many iconic slogans such as: "Pride and Poise," "Commitment to Excellence," and "Just Win, Baby". Along with the quotable Davis, is the diehard fans referred to as Raider Nation. Raider Nation is not just known for their rowdy behavior, tailgating, facemasks, and black outfits but also for the "Black Hole", a specific area of the Coliseum where the most rowdy and fervent fans sit.
The Raiders home field is the Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The Oakland Alameda Coliseum opened on September 18, 1966 and is located at 7000 Coliseum Way in Oakland California. The Coliseum is also home to the Oakland Athletics making it the only stadium in the United States that is shared by professional football and baseball teams. It is also the second smallest NFL stadium which gives football games a more intimate environment. Who wouldn’t love to watch their favorite football team with 63,132 of their fellow fans?
2017 and 2018 Oakland Raiders Seasons
The Oakland Raiders finished the 2017 regular season 6-10 which placed them third in the AFC West. This unfortunately did not qualify them for the playoffs. During the season, offensive tackle Donald Penn suffered a foot injury that required surgery, ending his play for the season. He is currently on the reserve list for the upcoming season. Also on the reserve list is defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdose. Vanderdose tore his ACL in the last game of the season and is currently in recovery. On Jul 28th the Raiders signed offensive linebacker Oday Aboushi who was previously with the Seattle Seahawks. In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Raiders acquired offensive tackle Kolton Miller, number 15 overall, from UCLA. Other rookies acquired in the draft included defensive tackle P.J. Hall from Sam Houston State and defensive end Arden Key from LSU. With some new rookies and returning players like Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, and Khalil Mack, the Raiders are ready to make some noise this season!
The 2018 season will kick off on September 10th at home against the Los Angeles Rams. The Raiders will go head to head with their biggest rivalry, the Denver Broncos, on September 16th at Mile High Stadium and December 24th in Oakland. The Raiders will also be going overseas to play in the London Games at the Tottenham Stadium in London on October 14th. Along with the Broncos, the Raiders will have to face other AFC West rivals including the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs to land a spot in the postseason. TicketNetwork has access to all Oakland Raider games, whether they be home or away. Do not miss out on seeing the Oakland Raiders play live in California. The team will not be remaining in the Golden State for much longer as plans to move the team to Las Vegas are already underway. Make sure to grab your 2018 Oakland Raiders tickets today!