tickets for Oakland Invaders games were
affordably priced at $90, $99 or $117, depending
on where in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
you wished to sit.
game tickets were $10, $11 and $13, with kids
and seniors over 60 getting in for half price.
owner Tad Taube was born April 1, 1931 in
coach John Ralston was born in Oakland, on April
his book "The $1 League," author Jim
Byrne described Invaders owner Tad Taube as the
most prolific letter-writer in the history of
Oakland Invaders could be heard locally in the
Oakland area on KGO radio. Joe Starkey, Lee
Grosscup and Bob Murphy provided the action via
the "Invaders Radio Network," which
included KFBK in Sacramento and KJOY in Stockton,
The Invaders offices were located at 7850
Edgewater Drive in Oakland.
The Invaders sought to play at either the
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, San Francisco's
Candlestick Park, or both. Terms are
eventually reached for the Invaders to play at the
The team was originally christened the "Bay
Area Invaders" in an effort to (a) appeal to
both Oakland and San Francisco football fans, and
(b) avoid a potential trademark infringement suit
by the recently departed Los Angeles (nee Oakland)
Raiders. The team would adopt
"Oakland" as its surname prior to the
start of the 1983 season.
The Invaders, along with the eleven other charter
members of the USFL, were required to be
capitalized in the amount of $ 6 million, plus
have a $ 1.5 million letter of credit made payable
to the league in the event the team defaulted on
its financial obligations or otherwise was in
danger of foundering.
The 1985 Invaders posted the USFL's best regular
season record at 13-4-1, then won a pair of
playoff games to advance to the USFL Championship
Game. In that game, played at the
Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the
Invaders lost to the Baltimore Stars, 28-24.
The Stars had finished 10-7-1 in the regular
season (the tie for both teams was against one
another, the only tie in the history of the USFL),
and had barely made the playoffs.
Having apparently gone into the public domain, the
Invaders logo has periodically been among those
used as generic team logos in the Madden series of
football video games.