December 24, 1994. Christmas Eve. The Raiders would walk off the field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after a 19-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. They fell to 9-7 and missed the playoffs, making it the last time they played on that field. That was nearly 24 years ago.
This Saturday, the Raiders will step on the field at LA Memorial Coliseum to face the Rams, taking a trip back in time to when they were once the home team on that field.
For 13 years from 1982 to 1994 LA Memorial Coliseum is where the Raiders called home. They left Oakland having won two Super Bowl rings in a five year span and then won a third a year after the move.
That early success helped the team begin building a strong fanbase down south, many of whom remained fans even after the team returned to Oakland in 1995 and are fans to this day.
That strong Southern California fan base shows up big time when the team makes their annual trip to face the Chargers, whether in San Diego or now in Carson, just south of Los Angeles. So much so, that Chargers head coaches prepare for their ‘home’ game against the Raiders by blasting crowd noise in practice.
This will be the third season back in LA for the Rams, who shared the city with the Raiders for those 13 years from 82-94. But with their simultaneous big move to St Louis, the Rams have not retained nearly the fan support in the city as the Raiders. For that reason, they will likely be blacked out by Raiders faithful Saturday who are eager to see their team make it’s return to the place many of them watched them play every Sunday.
The game kicks off at 1:00 pm Pacific time. See all the game details here.