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Raiders’ return to Oakland Coliseum approved by NFL owners

The Raiders will officially return to the Oakland Coliseum in 2019 after NFL owners approved the team’s stadium lease on Monday.

The decision – which ends the Raiders’ tortuous search for a temporary venue – allows the league to begin scheduling the 2019 season and the front office to start advance ticket sales.

Notably, the Raiders have an option to remain at the Coliseum in 2020 in case their stadium in Las Vegas is not ready in time.

The Raiders will reportedly pay $7.5m (€6.6m) in rent, which is a $4m increase from the 2018 season. This fee would rise to $10.5m if they stay in the Coliseum in 2020.

The team are exploring a pre-season game in Canada this summer which would reduce the rent by $500,000.

It was also announced on Monday that the 2019 season opener will feature the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, September 5.

Normally, the defending Super Bowl champions host the NFL’s first game of the season but the league has decided to showcase its oldest rivalry to begin its 100th campaign.

Instead, the New England Patriots will raise their championship banner on NBC Sunday Night Football in Week One.

The full schedule will be announced next month.