The Oakland Raiders face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday 16 October 2011 at the Black Hole a.k.a. the Oakland Coliseum.
This will be the Raiders’ first at home game since the team’s legendary owner, Al Davis, passed away last weekend. It will also be their first game against a team from the National Football Conference this season.
Third Straight Sellout!
Sunday’s game against Cleveland is also the team’s third sell out of the season. Seasons ticket holders were allowed to buy two extra tickets to the game, and the response was overwhelming, the team says.
The Raider Nation, meanwhile, is being asked to cut their tailgating short this Sunday, arriving in the stadium a bit earlier than usual in order to pay their final respects to Al David. A moment of silence will be observed before the singing of the National Anthem. A special memorial ceremony will also be held at half time.
We Are the World!
Fans are arriving in Northern California – not just from around the state and around the country, but also from around the world. Which just goes to prove: the Raider Nation knows no national boundary!
Take Marcus, a British Raiders fan that has been following the Silver and Black for 30 years. He is flying in all the way from Singapore to attend the game against Cleveland.
“This is going to be a very emotional game against the Browns,” says Marcus, who is no stranger of the Black Hole.
“It will be the first game at the Coliseum without Al.”