The San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders play in aging stadiums right across San Francisco Bay from each other. The solution to that issue might be a shared stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where the 49ers train. The NFL has asked the teams to look into the feasibility of the idea, according to the San Jose Mercury News:
- The 49ers have not begun formal discussions with the Raiders, but the team plans to expand the scope of its environmental review in Santa Clara for a stadium that could accommodate two teams playing at least 20 games a year.
- “The NFL has encouraged us to explore the possibility of a two-team facility to address the economics” of building a new stadium, Jed York, the 49ers president, said in an interview with the Mercury News last week.
- York cautioned that the teams are nowhere near a decision to share a stadium, but added, “I think it’s important you look at all of your options. If that’s a possibility, that’s certainly something we’ll explore.”
Greg Aiello, vice president of public relations for the NFL, confirmed the league’s role to the Mercury News, saying, “We definitely see it as a possibility that is worth exploring, and that’s what we’re encouraging them to do.”
But can you imagine it? The Rowdy Raiders and more sophisticated 49ers calling the same place home? It sounds strange, but if it means more money for the teams, don’t be surprised to see a deal.