San Francisco 49ers president Jed York is open to the idea of the Oakland Raiders sharing a new stadium with his team in South Bay Area suburb Santa Clara.
Voters approved the planning of a new 68,500 seat stadium for the 49ers in the city. In an interview on Sirius NFL Radio, York said it is a possibility that the Raiders could play in the stadium as well.
“First of all, we called out in our term sheet that this could be a two team building and on this surface it makes a lot of sense what the Jets and Giants did,” York said. “We haven’t had these detailed conversations with the Raiders. Mr. (Al) Davis and Amy (Trask) are working on a few facilities in Oakland and I know that is their primary focus.”
I would think Oakland’s brass would look at this as a backup plan. But if the Raiders don’t get their own stadium, it is an option.
Davis has been reluctant to share stadiums in the past and the idea of leaving the East Bay could be a hard pill to swallow for the Raiders and their fans, who are extremely loyal to Oakland.
Still, the idea of playing in a brand spanking new stadium could ultimately be appealing. The Santa Clara stadium is still years away from completion, so this possibility has a long way to go before reaching the finish line.