by Tom LaMarre
The Oakland Raiders reportedly are in talks with the San Francisco Giants, and possibly nearing a deal, for the Raiders to play home games at Oracle Park in San Francisco next season.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed believes it’s something her city doesn’t need.
“As far as I’m concerned, the Oakland Raiders should play in Oakland,” Breed told KTVU, the FOX affiliate based in Oakland. “ … We don’t need another layer to add to what we already have — and that’s an area that’s really congested, filled with construction and will host a number of basketball and baseball games over the coming months.”
Breed, who has informed the Giants of her objections, pointed out that the Giants will still be playing baseball games at Oracle Park in September and that the Golden State Warriors will be opening their new arena, the Chase Center, about a mile away during that time.
There already are concerns about the possibility of massive traffic congestion.
The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas in 2020 and were set to play one more season in Oakland until the city sued the Raiders and the NFL over the move, prompting owner Mark Davis to pull plans for a one-year lease at the Oakland Coliseum.
“The hope of (Davis) is to continue to be in the Bay Area with his Raiders fans,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters when asked about the team’s 2019 stadium plans last week in the days before Super Bowl XIII.
Even if the Raiders reach an agreement with the Giants, the 49ers would have to waive their territorial right and the NFL would have to agree for the Raiders to play at Oracle Park.
There remains the possibility that Davis could relent and play one more year in Oakland.