49ers willing to share Levi’s Stadium for a year with Raiders
The Oakland Raiders are an NFL team—a historic one, at that—and yet, they don’t have a place to play next season. They are slated to move to Las Vegas in 2020, but for 2019, they don’t exactly have things organized.
Fortunately for the Raiders, their fellow Bay Area team may be willing to step in and help.
The stadium, which is located in Santa Clara, Ca., has served as the 49ers’ playing field since 2014.
Because the NFL bylaws state that the Raiders cannot play in San Francisco, this is the best Oakland can do. There had been some talk that the Raiders might look into playing their games at Oracle Park, the MLB stadium for the San Francisco Giants, but that is out of the cards unless the 49ers waive their territorial rights, which almost surely won’t happen.
The Raiders have not exactly received the luck of the draw over the last decade-and-a-half.
Since making it to the Super Bowl during the 2002-03 campaign, Oakland has made the playoffs just once, qualifying after a 12-win campaign in 2016. However, quarterback Derek Carr broke his leg in Week 16 and was not available for the Raiders’ Wild Card Round game against the Houston Texans, resulting in an Oakland loss.
This past season, the Raiders went 4-12, marking the fourth time they have won four games or less over the last seven years.