Mark it on your calendars, Raider Nation! The 2012 Raider Nation Celebration will be taking place in Oakland on August 12 this year, a day before the Raiders will meet the Cowboys for their first preseason game on Monday Night Football.
No official details have been released for the event as of yet, but last year the event took place at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. Players and coaches were at the pep rally to meet and mingle with fans.
I will provide more updated details as they are released to the public as we are just over a month away. In the meantime, here is some footage from 2010′s Raider Nation Celebration shot by a fan.
Update: As per the Oakland Raiders Official Website:
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 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.
Posted July 11, 2012 around 4pm EST/1pm PST.