REPORT: Raiders to play at San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park for 2019 season
Per Raj Mathai of NBC, the Oakland Raiders will be playing the 2019 season at Oracle Park, formerly known as AT&T Park. This is the home of the San Francisco Giants of the MLB. This would allow them a year to figure out where they’ll play in Las Vegas, as they’ve previously announced they were moving the team to Nevada.
#BREAKING: #Raiders will play in San Francisco for 2019 season. Team reaches deal w/ #SFGiants to use #OraclePark (formerly #ATTPark). Announcement expected this week. (per my @NFL sources). #RaiderNation #SuperBowl53 #NFL pic.twitter.com/anr0zQOqtX
— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) February 4, 2019
This is a bit of a surprising move. Many across the league were wondering where the Raiders would play while their stadium was being built in Las Vegas. There have been football games played in the stadium, just not an NFL team.
The stadium was home to the XFL’s San Francisco Demons in 2001, was the home of the NCAA’s East-West Shrine Game through 2006, and was also the former home stadium of the California Redwoods in the UFL in 2009.
This move is unprecedented as it will put the 49ers and Raiders in the same city for a year. It’s practically a four and a half hour drive to get from the Oakland Coliseum to Oracle Park. Many fans may not enjoy the difficulties of getting to one side of the bay to the other.
For John Gruden, this marks a period of time in flux where the team can rebuild and focus on the future in Vegas. Nobody expects the team to be a playoff team anytime soon. This allows him flexibility and a reason why the team wouldn’t even be comfortable in their home stadium.
It remains to be seen when the Raiders deal with Oracle Park will officially be announced.