OAKLAND, Calif. — They are all memories now, some for years, some for decades. Municipal Stadium in Kansas City was the first to go, in 1971, followed by Buffalo’s War Memorial Stadium the next year. A grotesque baseball stadium sits where Miami’s Orange Bowl once did. The Astrodome still stands, dwarfed by Houston’s newer, gigantic football palace.
The building formerly known as Jack Murphy Stadium still is in place but its longtime tenants, the San Diego Chargers, have fled to Los Angeles. Sullivan Stadium has been replaced by Robert Kraft’s football mall in Foxborough. Shea Stadium? Gone almost a decade now. Little by little, the places where the old American Football League anchored itself in the American imagination are vanishing.
Only the Coliseum remains. That is where the final breaths take place now, before the final death rattle. A few years ago, before a Jets-Raiders playoff game, Joe Namath stood on its turf and had a good, long look around. His smile was wide, and then it wasn’t.
“Lots of memories here,” Namath said. “Not all of them so good.”
At its birth it was known as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. At various points across the past couple decades it has been named for Network Associates, for Overstock.com, for O.co. Now, all these years later, all the corporate pirates have been laid away, and the original name has been reinstated.
The past saying hello, just as the Raiders say goodbye.
By 2019, 2020 the latest, they will be in Las Vegas. There is a small chance the Jets could be sent here before now and then, though they reside in different…
click here to read the rest of this story