There will be a Raider Nation Celebration in 2012. According to the Oakland Raiders official website, the celebration will be held on Sunday, August 12th. Yes, that’s the day before the very first exhibition game of the 2012 preseason. So, for all of you in the Bay Area, this should be a great time to go out and see current and former players, along with coaches.
The team has not yet announced any details regarding the event other than the date. We can tell you though, that past events have included the opportunity to meet Raider legends, a chance to see players participate in a light workout, skills challenges, and kids zones. There is also music at the event, and of course the Raiderettes. We will be keeping you up to date on any details that may arise regarding the event.
This video was shot during the 2010 event (you’ll notice Robert Gallery and Zach Miller in the clip) and was posted on CSN’s article as well, but it’s a Youtube video so I thought I would share it with you to give you an idea of what the event might look like this time around as well.
UPDATE: The team has announced more details of the celebration that’s to be held on August 12th. Below is the full text of their announcement on the official team website (Raiders.com).
The Oakland Raiders will celebrate the start of football this year with the Raider Nation Celebration on Sunday, August 12 from 1 – 4 p.m. at O.co Coliseum, in parking lot “B,” which is located on the south side of the Coliseum Complex.
This family-friendly event is free and open to the general public and takes place one day before the Oakland Raiders kick off the 2012 campaign in the national spotlight, hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, August 13.
The Raiders have hosted variations of this fan rally since 1998 at a number of locations throughout Oakland, including Jack London Square, Frank Ogawa Plaza and the Coliseum.
The Raider Nation Celebration will be highlighted by the introduction of first-year coach Dennis Allen and the 2012 Raiders and Raiderettes.
The event will also feature an interactive Kid’s Zone as well as autograph opportunities with Raider Legends and Raiderettes.
A number of exclusive opportunities – locker room tours for season ticket holders and a food tasting for suite holders – will also be part of this year’s Raider Nation Celebration.
Those attending the Raider Nation Celebration will be able to shop at special on site Raider Image, the team’s official store, and food and alcohol-free beverage concessions stands will be available to fans.
There will also be the opportunity for fans to select tickets for Raider games in what stacks up to be a challenging, exciting 2012 schedule. The Raiders also open the 2012 regular season in prime time, hosting AFC West rival San Diego Chargers on Monday night, September 10, in the second half of the ESPN double-header.