Raiders owner Mark Davis claims Oakland will ‘always be part of our DNA’
The Oakland Raiders are set to become the Las Vegas Raiders after this season but team owner Mark Davis claims that the city of Oakland will always be part of the DNA of the team, Davis said that the Raiders and Oakland grew up together and he hopes the city of Oakland will continue to support the team, even after the move.
“There’s no question about it,” Davis said via Monte Poole of NBC Sports. “The Raiders and Oakland grew up together. We were the stepchild of San Francisco. We were just Oakland. And I believe my dad took special pride in that and in building it up.
“The Raiders were born in Oakland, and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. There’s no doubt about that.”
There have been a lot of memorable times for the Raiders in Oakland, but one stands out above the rest for Davis. In 2014 the Raiders were 0-10 going against their hated rival, the Kansas City Chiefs.
“The most memorable night, to me, was that Thursday night game against the Chiefs,” Davis said of a game played in 2014. “We were 0-10. It was pouring rain. The place was sold out and crazy. The crowd filled it up. We beat them (24-20) and got our first win of the season.
“That night was a reminder of what the Raider Nation is all about, and how they’ve supported the team and, hopefully, will continue to support the team in the future.”
It will be interesting to see if Raiders fans from Oakland continue to support the team they grew up loving when they move to Las Vegas. There were so many great memories of the Raiders playing in Oakland, but the team leaving could be too much for some to overcome.
When the Raiders move to Las Vegas they will be playing in 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium which is costing $2 billion to build.