The Oakland Raiders are members of the AFC West. Established in 1959, the Raiders’ home field is Oakland Coliseum (formerly Coliseum) in Oakland, California. Beginning in 1963, the team started down the path of what would become decades of successes for the West Coast NFL franchise.

The Raiders have amassed a number of titles, achieving a level of success that very few teams can claim. Starting with them winning the AFL Championship in 1967, the team holds several division titles and multiple Super Bowl triumphs to their name. Even their 1982 relocation to Los Angeles couldn’t stymie the team’s momentum.

The Raiders experienced monumental success in the 1970s under the coaching of the legendary John Madden. In this era the Raiders developed a notorious, hard-hitting defense, and made the AFC conference championship game every season between 1973 and 1977. The Raiders won Super Bowl XI against the Minnesota Vikings at the end of the 1976 season. After producing 10 consecutive winning seasons, John Madden retired from coaching and became a sports commentator in 1979. Noteworthy past Raiders players include Jim Otto, Willie Brown, Dave Casper, Marcus Allen and George Blanda.

In the early 1980s the Raiders continued to achieve winning seasons and regularly made it to the playoffs. Under coach Tom Flores, the Raiders won Super Bowl titles XV and XVIII. The team returned to Oakland in 1995. In 2003, the Raiders made their fifth Super Bowl appearance, but lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In the world of professional sports the more successful a team the more rivals they are apt to have, the Oakland Raiders being no exception. The Raiders go head-to-head down division lines with the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. Often called the “Battle of the Bay,” the Raiders find themselves in opposition with their geographic rival the San Francisco 49ers. The contention stems from a 1967 exhibition match pitting the AFL against the NFL team in which San Francisco took home the win for the NFL. The majority of the Raiders’ historical rivalries reach back to their AFL roots and can be seen in the tensions held with the New England Patriots and, New York Jets.

Oakland Coliseum is not only home to the Oakland Raiders, but also to Oakland’s MLB franchise, the Oakland A’s. Oaklando Coliseum has a seating capacity of over 50,000 people, making it one of the more intimate venues for NFL football. However, NFL team owners voted nearly unanimously to approve the Raiders' application to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, Nevada, in a 31-to-1 vote at the annual league meetings in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 27, 2017. The Raiders plan to remain in Oakland through 2018 – and possibly 2019 – and relocate to Las Vegas in either 2019 or 2020 and will then be known as the ‘Las Vegas Raiders’. With limited time in their Oakland home, it’s crucial that you buy your Oakland Raiders tickets now!