The Raiders vowed not to play in Oakland next season if the city sued them over their impending move to Las Vegas, and now that’s happened. So where will the Silver and Black spend 2019, if not at the Coliseum?
AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, is a possibility, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported Sunday, citing sources.
There are some NFL execs who believe the easiest solution, ultimately, would involve the Raiders sharing Levi's Stadium with the 49ers for a season. AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play, is another potential option, sources said. The NFL is not pleased by any means with the current state of affairs with the Raiders, and will be under pressure to get this sorted out as quickly as possible.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and while it’d be more than odd to see the Raiders play in San Francisco, AT&T has hosted football games in the past.
Cal played its entire 2011 home schedule at AT&T while Memorial Stadium was being renovated, and the ballpark also hosted the XFL’s San Francisco Demons (2001) and UFL’s California Redwoods (2009). The Redbox Bowl, now played in Santa Clara, was held at AT&T from 2002 to 2013 under various names.
La Canfora reported Raiders owner Mark Davis “will face considerable backlash” from the NFL if he hasn’t settled on a stadium by the Super Bowl. Logistics such as scheduling, ticketing and marketing dictate that as a timeline.
So, with La Canfora also reporting the league believes the Raiders staying in the Bay in 2019 makes the most sense, Davis’ choices seem to be Levi’s, AT&T or (gasp!) the Coliseum. The Levi's option might be easiest -- other than just staying at the Coliseum, that is -- and you have to wonder if the Giants really want a team that's ditching the Bay anyway ripping up their field.
Later Sunday, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport also mentioned Cal's Memorial Stadium and San Diego as possible temporary homes.
Regardless where the Raiders land in 2019, it’s on to Vegas in 2020, and then they'll no longer be the Bay's headache.