It’s outta here! Touchdown! Slam dunk! These are familiar phrases if you are a pro sports enthusiast -- and ones you can hear often in the Oakland area.
Oakland is home to three professional sports teams: the MLB’s Oakland Athletics, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The city was even an NHL hockey team (Oakland Seals) from 1967–76. Ice skates aside, the variety of different sports played in Oakland mean that you can attend a professional game of one team or another year-round.
The Oakland Athletics
Originally formed in Philadelphia in 1901, the A’s (as the Athletics are affectionately called) won five World Series between 1910 and 1930 but their fortunes faded. The team relocated to Kansas City in 1955, but this move did not produce any memorable seasons. The A’s finally settled in Oakland in 1968.
The move to Oakland paid off, and the team won three consecutive World Championships 1972, 1973, and 1974). The A’s won the World Championship again over a decade later, in 1989. The A's also set an American League record by winning 20 consecutive games in 2002. This winning streak was the subject of the film Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt. Despite this success, the A's have not been in a World Series since 1990.
The team currently plays at the O.co Coliseum, the only American sports facility to host both an MLB and NFL team. The seating capacity for baseball is 35,000.
The Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders are a former American Football League team established in 1960, ten years before the AFL-NFL merger. The team’s first Super Bowl appearance, in 1967, resulted in a loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Under the helm of John Madden, the Raiders became extremely dominant. During this period the Raiders claimed six division titles and won Super Bowl XI in 1976 and Super Bowl XV in 1980.
1982 saw the Raiders move to Los Angeles where they won a third Super Bowl (XVIII) in 1983. The Raiders returned home to Oakland in 1995 to much fanfare from the ‘Raider Nation’, their dedicated fan base’s nickname.
Throughout their history, the Raiders have appeared in five Super Bowls, of which they have won three. They have also topped their division fifteen times and won four AFC titles.
The team currently plays at the O.co Coliseum, a facility they share with the Oakland A’s. The seating capacity for football is 63,000.
The Golden State Warriors
The Warriors were formed in 1946 in Philadelphia where they won two Basketball Association of America (BAA) championships in 1946-47 and again in 1955-56. In 1949, a merger with the National Basketball League (NBL) created the existing National Basketball Association (NBA).
The team moved to San Francisco in 1962 and were renamed the San Francisco Warriors and played their home games at the Cow Palace and San Francisco Civic Auditorium.
The 1971-72 season saw the team play their home games in Oakland. At this point, they were renamed the Golden State Warriors. They went on to win their only NBA championship in the 1974-75 season. The Warriors play at the Oracle Arena which has a seating capacity of 19,596 and is the oldest arena currently in use for the NBA.
You may have noticed that this is the only professional sports team in Oakland that does not use “Oakland” in the name. This lack of dedication to our city is not only symbolic. In fact, the team’s ownership has announced a move back to San Francisco for the 2017-18 season in a new facility. This venue will be located on Pier 30 along Embarcadero by the Oakland Bay Bridge. The privately financed arena will seat 17,000 – 19,000 spectators.