Raiders fans swarm ‘road’ game vs. Chargers in Los Angeles

The Raiders spent just 13 seasons in Los Angeles, but in some ways it’ll always be home for the team on its way out of Oakland.

The Chargers have learned that the hard way in their three home games against their former SoCal neighbors since moving up I-5 to LA in 2017.

Sunday’s game was no exception, as Raiders fans descended upon Dignity Health Sports Park. CBS color commentator Trent Green estimated late in the third quarter that the crowd was at least 90 percent silver and black.

After a rushing touchdown late in the first half, Derek Carr went and greeted some of the Raider Nation representatives who’d infiltrated enemy territory.

It’s been a bizarre existence for the Chargers since returning to Los Angeles — they have not been able to build up much of a fan base at all in LA. In fact, just Sunday morning ESPN reported that Philip Rivers had to resort to a silent snap count last week in the Chargers’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The relocated Rams have had their fair share of struggles in Los Angeles, too, though their relative success and history in the area have helped them climb to 10th in NFL attendance per game this season. The Chargers, harmed by their 27,000-seat stadium, are dead last

One source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, simply: “L.A. is not a Chargers town.” It is a Raiders town, though.

When the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020, LA Raiders fans will have four-hour commute to home games, rather than the more than five-hour drive to Oakland.

Show More
Back to top button