An Oakland Raider Fan’s Guide to Los Angeles

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Mike Sommers, President, Raiders Fan Convention (centre) with MaskaRaider (left) and Mystic Raider (right) at the Frank and Son Collectible Show in City of Industry, California.

American Football

Los Angeles, California, is the new home of the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). The Chargers play in Stubhub Center in Carson. Here’s a complete travel guide for visiting football fans – hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions.

The Oakland Raiders face the Los Angeles Chargers in the final game of the 2017 National Football League season.

The Raiders are going into the game with a disappointing 6-9 record after losing last week at home to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Chargers, meanwhile, still have a shot at the playoffs if the right combination of wins and loses occurs.

They are in second place of the NFL’s West Division of the American Football Conference. The Kansas City Chiefs have already clinched the division title.

The Raiders are already out of contention, but they still could play spoilers against their SoCal rivals.

Is there bad blood between the teams?

The Chargers are temporarily playing at Stubhub Center at 18400 Avalon Boulevard in Carson. With a paltry capacity of just 27,000 fans, the stadium was built 14 years ago for soccer.

The Chargers alienated their fans in San Diego when they left the city they had called home for more than half a century at the end of the last NFL season.

But they have failed to capture the hearts of football fans in Los Angeles, whose loyalties seem split between the Raiders and the Rams.

As a result, the Chargers have been having a difficult time filling the stadium. Somewhat embarrassingly, there are often more fans of opposing football teams in attendance than fans of the home team.

But the Bolts should be used to that. Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego was often referred to as “Blackhole South” because whenever the Raiders played there, Raiders fans significantly outdrew Chargers fans.

Considering the large Raider fan base in Greater Los Angeles, I can only believe that that tradition will be maintained at StubHub Center.

The Chargers are hoping to move into Los Angeles Stadium in Inglewood, California, which they will share with the Los Angeles Rams in 2020.

Raider Nation Plans to Black Out L.A.

After a 23 year hiatus, the Raiders will play a game in the nation’s second largest city, where they still have a massive fan base.

“Join us as we Pillage L.A. Live,” says a post on Facebook. Raider fans will meet at the Yard House (800 West Olympic Blvd A-115, Los Angeles, CA; Tel: (213) 745-9273) on Friday 29 December at 7.00 pm and go bar-hopping from there.

An L.A. Blackout Party will be held from 5 pm to midnight on Saturday 30 December at the Holiday Inn, Long Beach Airport (2640 North Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA; Tel: (562) 597-4401), which is one mile from Stubhub Stadium.

Super Bowl MVP Raider Marcus Allen will be at the party for a meet and greet, and Kurupt of the Dogg Pound will do a live performance.

Fans unable to get tickets to the game are invited by Soldiers of the Dark Side to watch it at the Redwood Room (45433-1/2 Slauson Avenue, Maywood, CA; Tel: (323) 560-9533).

Another “huge” Raider Viewing Party will be held at The Doubletree by Hilton Carson (2 Civic Plaza Drive, Carson, CA. Tel: (866) 767-0278), a few blocks down from the Stubhub Center, where the game will take place.

Dress Code: anything Silver and Black. Rams and Chargers fans will not be welcome at these events.

Weekend Weather Forecast

  • Friday – sunny with a high of 78 degrees and a low of 48 degrees.
  • Saturday – sunny with a high of 72 degrees and a low of 48 degrees
  • Sunday – partly cloudy with a high of 68 degrees and a low of 48 degrees
  • Monday – partly cloudy with a high of 70 degree and a low of 51 degrees

Where to Eat

You won’t go hungry in Greater Los Angeles. As one Raider fan put it, there are so many great places to eat in L.A., it’s difficult to pick out one or two favourites.

The following eateries, however, are recommended by fans of the Oakland Raiders living in or familiar with the area:

  • The Hat – 1 West Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA. Tel: (626) 282-0140. Famous for pastrami, burgers, hot dogs, and chili. Recommended by Raider fan Tee Teo, who says, “There are a few around the city.”
  • Pink’s Hot Dogs – 709 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Tel: (323) 931-4223. Recommended by Raider fan Tee Teo.
  • In-N-Out Burger – 7009 South Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA. Fast food. There are numerous locations throughout Greater Los Angeles. Recommended by Raider fan Colleen Merriwether.
  • Roscoes House of Chicken and Waffles – 621 West Manchester Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Tel: (323) 752-6211. Soul food. There are seven outlets throughout Greater Los Angeles. Recommended by Raider fans Colleen Merriwether and Chris Stashik.
  • Fisherman’s Outlet – 529 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Tel: (213) 627-7231. Restaurant and seafood market. Recommended by Raider fan Danny Trujillo.
  • El Tepeyac Cafe – 812  North Evergreen Avenue, Los Angeles,  CA. Tel: (323) 268-1960. Mexican food. Recommended by Raider fans Chris Stashik and Carlos Gomez, who says. “El Tepeyac in East Los Angeles is the best Mexican spot in my opinion. They are home of the Manual Burrito and have been featured on Man vs Food.”
  • Lock and Key – 11033 Downey Avenue, Downey, CA. Tel: (562) 822-8281. Recommended by Raider fan Carlos Gomez, who says, “For steak, I would recommend Lock and Key in Downey, home of the Tomahawk Steak.”
Please add your favourite SoCal eateries in the COMMENT box below, and I will add them to the list.

Where to Stay

There are numerous hotels and motels nearby, but the following property is the official hangout of Oakland Raider fans:

If You’re Flying …

There are five major airports in Greater Los Angeles. Long Beach Airport is the closest and most convenient air field, but the number of flights is limited.

Los Angeles International is by far the largest airport with flights to travel destinations all over the country and the rest of the world, but it is both massive and crowded.

  • Long Beach Airport is 11 miles from the airport. The drive takes about 16 minutes.
  • Los Angeles International Airport 12.6 miles from the stadium. The drive takes 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Bob Hope Airport in Burbank is 30 miles from the stadium The drive takes at least 35 minutes.
  • John Wayne Airport in Orange County is 30 miles from the stadium. The drive takes at least 31 minutes.
  • Ontario International Airport is 51 miles from the airport. The drive takes at least 52 minutes.

Your Input Wanted!

Do you live in or have you visited Greater Los Angeles? If so, please comment on sightseeing attractions, restaurants, and/or hotels in the COMMENT box below.

Your input will be much appreciated by other football fans!

 

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