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49ers’ new stadium will host a fairly heated college football rivalry

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The biggest NFL rivalry in the Bay Area will be played at the Field of Jeans once every eight years.  The biggest college football rivalry in the Bay Area will be played there in the first year of the new building’s existence.

Via multiple reports, Cal and Stanford will meet at Levi’s Stadium in 2014.  (Hopefully, the band will stay off the field while a live play is happening.)

It’s been described, per Kyle Bonagura of CSNBayArea.com, as “basically as done deal.”  As pointed out by Jerry Hinnen of CBSSports.com, Cal fans don’t like it, since the game would be moved from Berkeley that year.

That said, the game would return to Berkeley in 2015, pushing the rotation between the two schools’ campuses back by a year.

While the rivalry loses some luster by losing either of the team’s home stadiums as the place where the Big Game plays out, the decision to take advantage of the new venue should send a strong message to the 49ers and Raiders:  The swanky new stadium should host all of the games to be played by both Bay Area NFL teams, permanently solving Oakland’s search for a new home.

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6 Responses to “49ers’ new stadium will host a fairly heated college football rivalry”
  1. iamaltair says: Aug 28, 2013 4:19 PM

    Why must you insist that the 49ers soil their stadium with the likes of the Raiders. We do not want them here, and they do not want to come here. Mutual hatred is fine. Let the Raiders go somewhere else or just stay in the house that their “savior” Al Davis built.

  2. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Aug 28, 2013 4:46 PM

    he biggest NFL rivalry in the Bay Area will be played at the Field of Jeans once every eight years.
    ———————–
    Correct me if I’m wrong but the AFC West plays the NFC West once every four years. 2002, 2006, 2010, etc..

    I live in the East Bay and I work in San Francisco. I’m a Raiders fan and I would not want to share a stadium in Santa Clara. Aside from both fan bases having bad apples to the point where our yearly preseason game got taken away, Santa Clara is just not a good place for a stadium.

    One of the perks for the Coliseum is BART takes us right to the doorstep. Santa Clara has Cal Train but you would have to take a bus, and 880 and 101 are already nightmares no matter what day of the week it is. Especially because highway 580 doesn’t allow big rigs to drive on it, that adds to the congestion of 880. All the Raiders fans making the pilgrimage to Santa Clara would be a nightmare, even moreso than all the folks coming from San Francisco down there will be.

  3. Dennis Allen's Outgoing Persona says: Aug 28, 2013 4:47 PM

    …Annnd of course right after posting I saw the error of my logic, it is at the field of jeans once every 8 years.. /doh

  4. squared80 says: Aug 28, 2013 4:49 PM

    Oakland is in the perfect spot for their team and organization, No reason to move to a respectable location…

  5. lottsmissingfinger says: Aug 28, 2013 4:50 PM

    If Oakland had any interest in playing in the South Bay, your last paragraph would actually mean something.

    Considering the Raiders would rather move to LA than partner with the 49ers, let this idea die finally.

  6. bordner says: Aug 28, 2013 5:07 PM

    I’ve seen that photo before and have always wondered – didn’t they have color photography back then?

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