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.