If Oakland Raiders fans are suffering from withdrawal symptoms as their team draws a well needed bye week this Sunday, they have a lot to look forward to next weekend.
Not only are the Raiders playing against their arch rivals, the Denver Broncos, in the Black Hole, a.k.a. the Oakland Coliseum, on Sunday. On Saturday, Raider fans have the Raiders Fan Convention to look forward to. And this year it's taking place in downtown Oakland!
When and Where
The Raiders Fan Convention will place at the Oakland Convention Center on Saturday 5 November 2011 from 10 am to 4 pm at 1001 Broadway, Oakland, California. The Raiders and the Broncos will take to the field the following day on 6 November at 1.05 pm several miles down the Nimitz Freeway at the Black Hole.
Which raises an interesting question. Where should out of town fans spend the night?
Where to Stay
A list of the Top Six Places for Oakland Raiders fans to stay in Oakland follows. Included are the most convenient, the most interesting, the most fun, the most luxurious, the cheapest, and the closest to the Oakland Coliseum.
Oakland Marriott City Center – 1001 Broadway, Oakland, California. Telephone: (510) 451 4000. Comment: Most convenient. If you're in town for the Raiders Fan Convention, this is where you will want to stay. The Oakland Convention Center adjoins the hotel. There is also a BART station, which will take you to the Black Hole in minutes.
The Washington Inn – 495 10th Street, Oakland, California. Telephone: (510) 452 1776. Comment: Most Interesting. This charming boutique hotel is located in Old Oakland, which is right across the street from the Oakland Convention Center.
Waterfront Hotel – 10 Waterfront Street, Oakland, California. Telephone: (510) 832 5695. Comment: Most Fun. Located in the heart of Jack London Square, with great restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping on all sides. Home of Miss Pearl's Jam House, with its great cajun cuisine, and just a few short blocks from the Oakland Convention Center.
The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa – 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley/Oakland, California. Telephone: (510) 843 3000. Comment: Most Luxurious. Nestled in the Oakland-Berkeley Hills, this luxurious hotel is the place to stay if you want to splurge at bit. Great views, beautiful grounds, three F&B outlets, and a spa.
Days Hotel Oakland Airport – 8350 Edes Avenue, Oakland, California. Telephone: (510) 568 1880. Comment: Cheapest. When we checked, this hotel was offering the lowest room rates in the area. Close to the Coliseum, as well.
Rodeway Inn & Suites Near the Coliseum & Arena – 4801 Coliseum Way, Oakland, California. Telephone: (510) 532 4084. Comment: Closest to the Coliseum. This small motel is about as close to the Coliseum as you can get without sleeping in the parking lot. Close to the airport, as well.