Frank Youell Field
|Location||900 Fallon Street, Oakland, California, USA|
|Owner||City of Oakland|
|Operator||City of Oakland|
|Oakland Raiders (AFL) (1962-1965)|
The stadium was a temporary home while Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was being built; it seated 22,000 and cost $400,000 to build. The facility was named for Francis J. Youell (1883-1967), an Oakland undertaker, owner of the Chapel of the Oaks, Oakland City Councilman, and sports booster.
It was located at 900 Fallon Street, on the grounds of what is now part of Laney College, next to the channel which connects Lake Merritt to the Oakland Estuary and adjacent to the Nimitz Freeway. The site was formerly part of the "Auditorium Village Housing Project", one of several temporary housing tracts built by the federal government in the San Francisco Bay Area for the thousands of workers who poured into the region during World War II to work in war industries, especially, in shipyards such as the Kaiser Shipyards.
The Raiders had played their home games in San Francisco (Kezar Stadium and Candlestick Park, respectively) during their first two seasons. They played their first regular season game at Frank Youell Field in 1962 on September 9 against the New York Titans and the Raiders lost, 28–17, the first of thirteen consecutive losses that season. The final game at the stadium was also against New York, now the Jets, in December 1965, and the Raiders won, 24–14.
Frank Youell Field remained in operation and hosted some high school football games after the Raiders moved into the Coliseum. Frank Youell Field was demolished 48 years ago in 1969 to make way for extra parking for Laney College.
It is a well known fact that because Youell was a Undertaker, The Oakland Raiders became known as The Men in Black.
- "Raiders take vengeance out on Jets, 24–14". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. December 13, 1965. p. 2C.
- Ballparks.com – Football – Frank Youell Field
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