Inspired by our legends of the past – and our leaders of tomorrow – in a city that shines brighter than most and an iconic franchise ready for the biggest stage – introducing Your Las Vegas Raiders.
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About the Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders are a professional American football team based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) West division. Founded on January 30, 1960, they played their first regular-season game on September 11, 1960, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) which merged with the NFL in 1970.
The team departed Oakland to play in Los Angeles from the 1982 season until the 1994 season before returning to Oakland at the start of the 1995 season. On March 27, 2017, NFL team owners voted nearly unanimously to approve the Raiders’ application to relocate to Las Vegas. And on January 22, 2020, the Raiders officially moved to Las Vegas to become the Las Vegas Raiders.
If completion of the stadium is delayed, the Raiders have a stadium option to remain in Oakland for the 2020 season.
The Raiders’ off-field fortunes have varied considerably over the years. The team’s first three years of operation (1960–1962) were marred by poor on-field performance, financial difficulties, and spotty attendance. In 1963, however, the Raiders’ fortunes improved dramatically with the introduction of head coach (and eventual owner) Al Davis. In 1967, after several years of improvement, the Raiders reached the postseason for the first time. The team would go on to win its first (and only) AFL Championship that year; in doing so, the Raiders advanced to Super Bowl II, where they were soundly defeated by the Green Bay Packers. Since 1963, the team has won 15 division titles (3 AFL and 12 NFL), 4 AFC Championships (1976, 1980, 1983, and 2002), 1 AFL Championship (1967), and 3 Super Bowl Championships (XI, XV, and XVIII). At the end of the NFL’s 2018 season, the Raiders boasted a lifetime regular-season record of 466 wins, 423 losses, and 11 ties; their lifetime playoff record currently stands at 25 wins and 19 losses.
Al Davis owned the team from 1972 until his death in 2011. Control of the franchise was then given to Al’s son Mark Davis. The Raiders are known for their extensive fan base and distinctive team culture. The Raiders have 14 former members who have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They have previously played at Kezar Stadium and Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Frank Youell Field and RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
On January 22, 2020, the Raiders officially announced their move to Las Vegas as the Las Vegas Raiders.