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Raiders bow out at Oakland Coliseum

The Oakland Raiders NFL American football team played its last game at the Oakland Coliseum yesterday (Sunday) ahead of its move to Las Vegas in 2020, falling to a 20-16 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a game that was marred by protests from fans.

The Raiders have played at the Coliseum since 1995, when the team returned to Oakland from Los Angeles. The team shared the stadium with Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics.

Following yesterday’s game, some fans threw debris from the stand onto the pitch, while quarterback Derek Carr was also booed as he approached the Black Hole section of the stadium. The game also had to be temporarily stopped after one fan started pointing a laser pen at players, which prompted referee Brad Rogers to intervene.

Pre-game, the Raiders celebrated their history at the Oakland Coliseum with highlights featuring memorable games at the venue. Ex-players were also invited on to the field ahead of kick-off.

The Raiders will move to the state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium for the 2020 NFL season. The 65,000-seat stadium is due to open on July 31 next year and last month the project was 75 per cent completed, according to the company spearheading the development, Mortenson Construction.

Allegiant Stadium is being built at a cost of $1.9bn (£1.4bn/€1.7bn).

Image: Oakland Raiders