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Giants give statement on possibility of Raiders playing at AT&T Park [report]


The San Francisco Giants provided the following statement to NBC Sports, according to Scott Bair:

“There has been initial interest expressed in exploring the opportunity of the Raiders playing at AT&T Park,” the Giants said in a statement to NBC Sports Bay Area. “Many details would need to be figured out. The Giants want to do what’s best for Bay Area fans and would be open to the concept just as we hosted Cal Football in 2011 when Memorial Stadium in Berkeley was being renovated.”

Following last week’s lawsuit by the city of Oakland accusing the Raiders and the NFL of an illegal move to Las Vegas, the team is no longer certain to play their games at the Oakland Coliseum next year, especially considering their lease with the stadium authority runs out at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The Raiders’ new home in Vegas won’t be completed until 2020, leaving where the team plays next season up in the air.

Though the Raiders could still work out a deal with the Coliseum for a new one-year lease, it’s very possible they will end up playing elsewhere in the Bay area, in Southern California, or even out of state. Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports was the first to report on the possibility of the Raiders playing at AT&T.

Via LaCanfora:

“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. Sources said Raiders officials were stunned that Oakland actually went ahead with the lawsuit, which now has them scrambling to procure a temporary home for 2019 as quickly as possible.”

AT&T Park isn’t a stranger to hosting football games. The venue hosted Cal for their entire home schedule in 2011 while renovations to Memorial Stadium were taking place, and the team also hosted both the XFL’s San Francisco Demons (2001) and UFL’s California Redwoods (2009). AT&T also hosted a college bowl game from 2002 to 2013.

Though it may not be at AT&T, the NFL would reportedly prefer the Raiders stay in the Bay Area next season, as opposed to other proposed options like San Diego and Reno.

 

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