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The Oakland Raiders stadium situation remains in flux, and now the team could be headed further south than they moved over 30 years ago.

Former Minnesota Vikings and San Antonio Spurs owner Red McCombs said he'd be interested in buying part of the team, if they were to move to San Antonio.

The Radiers, have played at the Coliseum in Oakland since 1995, after returning to the Bay Area from a 13 year spell in Los Angeles.

The club spent its previous existence in Oakland also, from 1960 to 1982.

The Official Flirtation begins

In late July, Raiders chairman Mark Davis visited San Antonio, and did little to distance himself from the visit amid the Raiders current stadium situation.

The team is unhappy with the state of its current home, and would rather not be playing in a shared venue. 

The Oakland A's signed a long-term deal to play at the coliseum recently, and it is the only current MLB/NFL shared stadium.

It would seem that the meeting McCombs attended with Mark Davis would be a step in moving the team to Texas, as Davis also met with two former mayors, and current San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt.

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A Better Stadium

The Coliseum opened in 1966, and is the third-oldest stadium in the NFL, younger only than Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Soldier Field in Chicago, and is the smallest stadium, by capacity in the league at 53,000.

The new home for the Raiders would likely be the Alamodome, which was built in 1993, and has a seating capacity of 65,000.

While the club would likely want to upgrade the facility, those costs would be projected in the $100-$150 million range, far less than the estimate $1.3 billion spent to build Levi's Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

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