Now that the city of Oakland has filed a lawsuit against them, it sounds like the Raiders will not be playing 2019 in Oakland despite their new stadium in Las Vegas not being ready until 2020. So where do you think the Raiders play next season for 1 year?
I just read tonight that the Raiders ruled out San Antonio as an option for next year.
I think Reno is a strong possibility as it is close to the Bay Area for Oakland fans and the Raiders have already said they like Reno as a future training camp site to help draw support from northern Nevada when they make their permanent home in Las Vegas. Plus the stadium at UNR is reportedly more suited to host NFL games than UNLV's current Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas (it does not make financial sense to put millions into upgrading Sam Boyd for 1 year for the Raiders in 2019 since UNLV is following the Raiders into the new NFL stadium across from Mandalay Bay in 2020 and Sam Boyd is then probably going to be demolished.)
How interesting would it be though if the Raiders go to San Diego for 2019 as they would then be guaranteed to host the Chargers for a AFC West divisional game in San Diego.
Wherever they go though they will only play 7 games in their temporary home as the Raiders once again are "hosting" an international game in 2019 ( hopefully though that would not be their home game against the Chargers if they make San Diego their 2019 home.)
Below are the listed odds in a sportsbook about where the Raiders will play in 2019. Interestingly the Oakland Coliseum has the best odds despite Oakland suing the Raiders and the Raiders responding by withdrawing their one year lease extension offer to Oakland.
Oakland Coliseum, 3-2 SDCCU Stadium (San Diego,) 2-1 Levi's Stadium (49ers stadium,) 7-2 Alamodome (San Antonio,) 9-2 Sam Boyd Stadium (UNLV's stadium in Las Vegas,) 6-1 CEFCU Stadium (San Jose State University,) 7-1 California Memorial Stadium, 17-2 Stanford Stadium, 10-2 Estadio Azteca (Mexico City,) 20-1
Despite them being listed with odds, the Alamodome has been ruled out by Mark Davis as has Sam Boyd Stadium since it would cost too much to upgrade to NFL minimal standards just for 1 year before UNLV joins the Raiders in their new Las Vegas domed stadium. In the past, Mark Davis has also rejected sharing a stadium with the 49ers.
A very interesting article about this topic in today's LVRJ.
There has reportedly been no contact between the Raiders and either San Diego or Reno for playing their 2019 home games in those cities.
London was also mentioned/discussed as a possibility but Mark Davis (who hates to fly long distances) has said he does not want to go there and even complained about the Raiders being in London for just 1 game this year before they lost there to the Seahawks.
However, Tucson is reportedly being considered for the Raiders who would play at Arizona State's campus. This potential 1 year move to Tucson has reportedly already been approved by both ASU officials and the owners of the Arizona Cardinals.
As a big Raiders fan it makes me sick to see the team bounce around like this and thus far having no home stadium for 2019 is pathetic. As if all the losing since 2002 isn't bad enough now we have to see this kind of situation. I voted for Reno as it would make sense for them to play home games in Nevada prior to officially settling in Las Vegas, but San Francisco makes sense as well I guess. I'm hoping that once they become the Las Vegas Raiders the team can truly turn it around and get back to the winning ways of old.
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