The San Francisco 49ers' are ready to move in to their new stadium, but are their buddies in Silver and Black from across the bay moving in with them?
The question was floated at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 49ers' stadium in Santa Clara, California to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Goodell left the option up to the Raiders, who currently play in the O.co Coliseum, which was built in 1964.
The Raiders share the stadium with the Oakland A's of Major League Baseball, and are the only NFL team to share a stadium with an MLB team, something that was en vogue in from the 1970's until the early 2000's.
In addition to being the third oldest stadium in the NFL, its the smallest by regular capacity of the league's permanent venues, seating just over 53,000, but, with standing room, can be expanded to over 64,000, a number that still ranks third from the bottom of the league.
The Raiders proposed a new stadium on the site of the current building last year, but those plans have been shelved, thanks to a new 10-year leas signed by the A's to play at the Coliseum, that says the baseball club would need to give two years notice before moving out.
The muddled nature of the stadium situation in Oakland could be the first step for the Raiders to move into the newly completed Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
Distance from Oakland wouldn't be a major issue, as the stadium, which is 45 miles away from San Francisco, is just over 42 miles away from Oakland.
The new, stare-of-the art facility will host Super Bowl 50 in February of 2016, and has also attracted other major events, such as the annual Pac-12 Football Championship Game, and WWE's Wrestlemania 31.
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Sharing isn't new for the NFL
It isn't even new for the 49ers' and Raiders.
in 1960, the clubs shared Kezar Stadium, which is known as the former home of the 49ers', prior to the opening of Candlestick Park.
Also, Oakland played at Candlestick in San Francisco in 1961, while the 49ers remained at Kezar, when 'The Stick' was primarily used for San Francisco Giants baseball.
Also, in New York, the Jets and Giants have been sharing a stadium since 1984, when the Jets moved in to Giants Stadium as the Giants' tenants, and the two teams co-funded MetLife Stadium, where they play now, and the site of the Seahawks 43-8 thrashing of the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII this past February.
Oakland and San Francisco are already a shared market, in terms of how the NFL calculates it's television contracts, and creates its schedules, so the sharing of a stadium would have little effect on how the league treats the two teams in that regard.
Also, unlike Giants Stadium, where the Giants collected rent from the Jets, the City of Santa Clara owns the new building in the Bay Area, so the Raiders would be able to negotiate a more friendly contract, than having to pay royalties to a competing NFL franchise.
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