The Oakland Raiders were offered to share the new San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium located in Santa Clara. During the opening celebration of the Levi’s Stadium on Thursday afternoon, the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned that the stadium is opened to be shared with the Raiders after also mentioning Oakland's plight with the O.co Coliseum.
As reported, Mark Davis had dismissed the idea of sharing a stadium with San Francisco. The new Levi’s stadium is built with the San Francisco colors and catered to the their fans. Despite Davis’s feelings about renting and sharing the stadium with San Francisco, CEO Jed York never dismissed the idea. The San Francisco CEO never rejected the idea despite the huge rivalry with between the teams.
The Oakland Raiders have been having stadium issues for a while now in Oakland since the O.co Coliseum is old and outdated. Also, the issue of sharing the stadium with the Oakland A’s has been bothering the Raiders for a while. Having to put up with a baseball diamond on the football field has raised a lot of issues with the Raiders’ ability to play well.
It was reported that the A’s recently signed a 10-year contract with the O.co Coliseum. All this when Mark Davis was close to having the stadium rebuilt. With the A’s contract, the stadium has to stand for at least two more years in order to give the baseball team enough time, two years to be exact, to move out.
The Raiders currently have a year left at the O.co Coliseum and no plans have been revealed to see what will come after that. Speculation has it that the Raiders might rent out space at the new Levi’s Stadium that is the new home for the San Francisco 49ers, or the Raiders could simple extent the year-to-year contract with the O.co Coliseum and play on a dirt baseball diamond again for 2015.
It would be a shame to see the Oakland Raiders renting out at the new Levi’s Stadium where San Francisco will be trying to make it their home. It just does not sound right. If Oakland is patient, the team should go with the year-to-year contract and wait for something good to come up, or simple give the Oakland A’s the two-year notice to build a new stadium where the O.co Coliseum is standing.