Roger Goodell Says Raiders Can Play in 49ers New Stadium

NFL commissioner cites the Bay Area teams' proximity as reason why this can happen.

Posted: 07/18/2014 07:18 AM EDT
Roger Goodell

Imagine Raider Nation bringing the vaunted “Black Hole” to the San Francisco 49ers’ brand new stadium.

That was the suggestion that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell floated out there on Thursday during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for San Fran’s new $1.2 billion home, Levi’s Stadium. Since the nearby Oakland Raiders are in their final lease year at their outdated O.co Coliseum, which they’ve been trying to either find a new replacement for or build a new stadium at the existing site, the idea of the teams sharing Levi's Stadium makes sense.

As long as the Raiders wouldn’t mind the red seats and posters of 49ers greats, then Oakland’s proximity to San Francisco makes the idea, of the teams sharing a stadium, feasible.

"They have to make that determination, whether they're in a new stadium in Oakland or whether they feel that it's best to join this stadium," Goodell said, as reported by ESPN. "We're working on that, and that's one of the decisions they'll have to make."

As it stands now, the Raiders share the Coliseum with Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics, which has resulted in plenty of wear and tear on the facility. Playing in a brand new stadium, from that vantage point alone, makes good sense.

Will the Raiders consider the premise or work to build their own home?

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