With the impending possibility that the Oakland Coliseum won’t let Raiders to stick around longer than necessary, it’s likely Mark Davis is searching for contingency plans.
The obvious option is Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the 49ers’ home but built to house two teams. Given the connections between Levi’s and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who presumably helped the Las Vegas relocation go-ahead happen, that seems a real prospect.
It’s true that late Raiders owner Al Davis decided against signing up with the 49ers to construct Levi’s. But that doesn’t necessitate owner Mark Davis staying away.
An alternative might be in the Lone Star State.
San Antonio’s Alamodome could be a one-year, relief-plan home for Davis and Co. It could cover the gap between when the Raiders’ contractual options at the Coliseum (2017-18) and when the Las Vegas stadium is expected to be ready (2020).
After all, San Antonio has previously been a proposed permanent destination for the Raiders — like when Davis met with billionaire Red McCombs, past owner of the Spurs and Vikings, in 2015.
And the 65,000-seat Alamodome is equipped for football. It holds the Alamo Dome yearly, hosted the Saints for three games during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and would certainly be a better in-between option than the Chargers’ temporary home (an MLS stadium which seats 30,000).
Other possible 2019 options for the Raiders theoretically include Cal’s Memorial Stadium and the Giants’ AT&T Park.
Speculation may continue for where the Raiders will play before landing in Las Vegas. For now, the most feasible possibilities seem to be Santa Clara or San Antonio.