It was a difficult week in Oakland, leading up to the last game they would ever play in their home stadium at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Many games have been played here, and many fans aren’t ready to see their home team leave off to their new home in Las Vegas. But all they were hoping for was one last victorious hurrah…
And when they didn’t get it, they were not happy – and not afraid to show it.
The Oakland Raiders finished their last run in their hometown with a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In previous years, Raiders players and their fans have been known to show their feelings and frustrations, and, you could say, even encouraged to show them a little less. But what with this being their last chance to get honest, the fans made quite a scene at the stadium.
Quarterback Derek Carr had finished the game 22-for-36 with 257 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Feelings were hurt. The Raiders team members, including Carr, walked off the field to a loud chorus of boos and violently thrown trash raining down from the seats.
Plenty of videos surfaced of the animosity rising out of the stands, including audible recordings of insults and visual recordings of fans and security brawling with each other. One woman was even left with an open bloody wound on her head from a flying piece of trash that was on its way down to the field.
But the aftermath was only one part of the emotions at the final Oakland game for the Raiders. All through the game, the referee Brad Rogers had to make brief pauses to it to request that the fans stop making things difficult, with nuisances like pointing lasers at the players. It all started in the 4th quarter; until that point, Oakland had been up 16-6.
It was, no doubt, a devastating blow for both them and their fans. But the Raiders are now Las Vegas-bound for the 2020 season and beyond. And perhaps it’s safe to say they won’t be as missed now as they might have been last week.