Raiders’ Week 2 bout will be final time the Coliseum’s baseball diamond is visible
The Oakland Raiders will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 but this isn’t just any ordinary divisional game. This game will be the final time that Oakland will be playing a game in the Coliseum that will have the baseball diamond visible.
End of an error: today will be the final time the Raiders play a home game with a baseball diamond still visible on the field at RingCentral Coliseum, which is the last dual-sport stadium in the NFL.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2019
The RingCentral Coliseum (formerly known as Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum) is the last stadium that is shared by football and baseball teams. The Raiders have shared the complex with the Oakland Athletics of the MLB since 1966.
As historic as the field may be, players hated and still hate to play against the Raiders while the baseball field is still intact. The Raiders have defeated and lost to all other 31 teams in the NFL while occupying the Coliseum.
However, there was a time in history that the Raiders moved to Los Angeles from 1982-1994. In that span, the ‘Los Angeles Raiders’ played all of their home games exclusively at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Now, the Los Angeles Rams play their home games at the LA Memorial Coliseum.
After leaving Los Angeles, the team returned to Oakland to return to their previous home of the RingCentral Coliseum. This will be the last year that they call Oakland home; with the team relocating to Las Vegas in 2020.
It’s shocking that the Raiders and Athletics shared the stadium for this many years with schedules not being a major issue. As the Raiders attempt to begin the season at 2-0 in Week 2, they will remember all of the culture and moments created on their outdated football field.