History: The stadium was built, in part, to fix Oakland's identity crisis. Wanting to distinguish themselves from San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area, Oakland residents thought a sports venue was the answer. So in 1960, a nonprofit group was formed to begin planning what was then called simply the Coliseum. (It would later be known as Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Network Associates Coliseum and McAfee Coliseum, before eventually going back to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.) By 1962 the city and Alameda County approved $25 million to go toward stadium construction. The Raiders played their first game at the Coliseum on Sept. 18, 1966. The Oakland A's, who had moved from Kansas City, followed suit on April 17, 1968. In 1982, the Raiders left Oakland for Los Angeles. By 1995, the Raiders agreed to return to Oakland on the condition that the coliseum undergo major football-friendly renovations; the revamped stadium now includes luxury suites, club levels, two new club lounges, new locker rooms, a remodeled press box, new video scoreboards and additional amenities.
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