Sam Boyd Stadium isn’t a temporary option for Raiders

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With the Raiders ready to exit Oakland after 2018 if/when Oakland files a lawsuit against the Raiders for exiting Oakland, the Raiders need a home for 2019.

But the team’s eventual new home won’t be its short-term new home. Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas will not be the venue in which the Raiders play while waiting for their new venue to be completed.

So where will the Raiders play in 2019, if they’ll no longer be playing in Oakland? The most sensible option would be to play at Levi’s Stadium, but the stubbornness of the 49ers and Raiders may prevent that from happening. San Antonio has expressed interest in hosting the Raiders, and there’s still an NFL-caliber stadium in San Diego.

Los Angeles would be an intriguing option, but the Rams and Chargers surely wouldn’t be interested in having the Raiders infringe on their turf for a season, even if a viable location for playing the Raiders’ home games could be found in that market.

“It’s in our minds, but it’s really in the back of our minds right now,” owner Mark Davis said in late August. “We’re really concerned about 2018. Obviously, 2019 won’t be in Las Vegas, but it may have to be somewhere.”

Yes, it will indeed have to be somewhere, especially if Oakland ends up not being that somewhere a year earlier than anticipated.

72 responses to “Sam Boyd Stadium isn’t a temporary option for Raiders

  1. i got a brilliant idea. how bout we fold that pathetic franchise for a year, then bring em back when the new stadium opens? hahahahahahhahahahha

  2. Serious question here- how could three teams possibly share one venue? Would one of the three need to have a primetime game every single week (Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night)?

  3. This team is headed for anonymity in the Nevada desert, soon to be irrelevant in an NFL backwater with a weak local fanbase. Oakland has supported them no matter how bad they’ve been, but the minor market tourist metropolis of Las Vegas won’t be so kind. Perhaps the Chargers, their brethren in management cupidity, can share Stub Hub with them for a season.

  4. From Wikipedia: The NFL’s Oakland Raiders played their second game of the 1973 regular season at Memorial Stadium. The game against the defending Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins was moved from the Raiders’ regular home, the Oakland Coliseum, because of a scheduling conflict with the Oakland Athletics, who hosted the Minnesota Twins at the Coliseum the following night. The Raiders ended the Dolphins’ NFL record 18-game winning streak with a 12-7 victory on four field goals by 45-year-old George Blanda on September 23.[17] Several preseason games were also played at the stadium in the early 1970s.

    Ultimately, in response to traffic and parking issues associated with these games (while Cal games drew a large number of students who live on or near campus and walk to the games, Raider games attracted fans from a larger geographic area who were used to tailgating at the Coliseum and were more likely to drive to games), the City of Berkeley passed a Professional Sports Events License Tax in which the city collected 10% of all gate receipts, making the staging of professional games inside the city cost-prohibitive. The Raiders were granted an injunction from the city collecting the tax, arguing that the tax was a regulatory measure rather than a revenue measure, and was therefore an improper regulation on land held in trust by the Regents of the University of California. However, the grant of the injunction was reversed by the California Court of Appeals, who found it to be a revenue measure, despite the fact that the city had made the measure immediately effective “due to danger to the public peace, health, and safety of the City of Berkeley as a result of the holding of professional sports events there.”

  5. Perfect opportunity to play a season traveling on the road playing “home” games in cities the NFL might look at if expansion takes place again. Before Carolina and Jax were awarded team’s the NFL played a preseason game in Baltimore between Saints and Dolphins to give Baltimore a shot at making a case by filling the stadium.

  6. They should play the 2019 season in San Diego. At least the Raider fans from LA and San Diego would come close to selling out the stadium. The idea of the Chargers being the away team while the Raiders are the home team when the two would meet sounds super weird yet very, very interesting

  7. It’s really unfair to a team to move twice in 2 yrs. and trying to build a fan base for support too. Wtf happened to football and the NFL. I do know the answer…and he’s not going anywhere either

  8. billybuffalony says:
    October 4, 2018 at 6:34 am
    Serious question here- how could three teams possibly share one venue? Would one of the three need to have a primetime game every single week (Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night)?
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    Do you think the Rams/Chargers play in the same venue?

  9. BuffaloBragging says:
    October 4, 2018 at 8:26 am
    It’s really unfair to a team to move twice in 2 yrs. and trying to build a fan base for support too.
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    It’s not like this is the first time it’s happened. The Oilers played as a lame duck in Houston in 96 before tiny crowds, then spent a year playing in Memphis (while training and practicing in Nashville) then spent a season at Vanderbilt stadium before moving into their new stadium.

  10. It’s not Mark Davis fault. It’s Oakland fault. They don’t want the Raiders anymore.
    Raiders have plenty of options from San Antonio to San Diego all the way east Coast to Connecticut

  11. I’m interested in the reason behind the Sam Boyd Stadium issue. Surely it’s no different than the Chargers’ home field. (No suites? No problem. Just follow the Rams’ lead at the LA Coliseum — glorified sheds and tents until the new stadium opens.)

  12. Someone in a post above stated “Oakland has supported them” ??? Really ? Why are the upper levels of their stadium covered with tarps ?

  13. Simple solution, play in San Antonio, TX at the Alamodome, the Saints did after the hurricane. The people love football and sports.

  14. The NFL and Kroenke have a legal issue with the City Of St Louis that isn’t going away. Watch they cut a deal for the Raiders to play in St Louis for one year so the city can get back some revenue lost when Kroenke lied to them about his intentions to move the Rams.

  15. Maybe the Raiders can be called the “Oakland Raiders” of Santa Clara/ San Diego/ LA/ St. Louis/ San Antonio/ London /Mexico Ciy/Anaheim? I’m just being sarcastic! If the Raiders really wanted to move and have a great fanbase, San Antonio may have been the place to go!

  16. scottishvike says:
    October 4, 2018 at 7:24 am
    London, that way Goodell can find out if the fans here will support 8+ games of one franchise, without the risk of actually moving full time.
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    I vote for SCOTTISHVIKE to be the next commisioner of the NFL…one of the BEST ideas & solution I’ve heard regarding a NFL problem in the last 10 years.

  17. Mexico City almost makes too much sense here. The league gets to expand their brand, the Raiders get a temporary home, and they would get an in with the Hispanic fan base of the Southwest.

  18. billybuffalony says:
    October 4, 2018 at 6:34 am
    Serious question here- how could three teams possibly share one venue? Would one of the three need to have a primetime game every single week (Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night)?
    ____
    You are aware that the Rams and Chargers don’t play in the same stadium, right?

  19. Since there is no team in Dallas they could play at the Cotton Bowl. I don’t think Jerry would mind if got a cut of the gate.

  20. The Raiders Daily
    Oct 4, 2018, 5:57 AM PDT
    It’s not Mark Davis fault. It’s Oakland fault. They don’t want the Raiders anymore.
    Raiders have plenty of options from San Antonio to San Diego all the way east Coast to Connecticut.

    I could not agree more!!

  21. Goodell and the NFL owners are “killing” themselves with these ‘RELOCATIONS’ who have no or little fan base. Nice shiny new stadiums mean little without a fan base…which takes decades to build. The LA Chargers fiasco proves that. It has clearly failed.The Raiders failed ‘relocation’ is next up. NOT EVERY NFL FRANCHISE CAN HAVE A MASSIVE STATE-OF-THE-ART STADIUM!TV and ticket revenues will suffer. Goodell and the owners need to address failed franchises and change their business model. Las Vegas like LA has too many entertainment options for consumers. The owners don’t get it! The Chargers failure in LA is a massive issue for the NFL and Goodell is just ignoring it.

  22. You can’t make this stuff up, can ya?
    When PT Barnum uttered the phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute”, he must’ve had the Raiders, their fans, and Las Vegas in mind.

    Think of the Rai”DUH”s as Vegas new resident three ring circus act, their offense, defense, and special teams could qualify. Gruden could be the ringmaster/barker.

    Or comedy act, who could open for Penn & Teller.

    Instead of the Autumn Wind, they ought to have “Send in the Clowns” or “Yakety Sax” (Aka the Benny Hill music) playing for them as they take the field.

  23. They should play in Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. At least it’s close by and the views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge are world class. It was renovated a few years ago.

  24. scottishvike says:
    London, that way Goodell can find out if the fans here will support 8+ games of one franchise, without the risk of actually moving full time.
    >>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<
    Can you imagine the other west division teams whining about the travel ???
    London isn't an option. I think they play next year in the same place.
    The city and team work it out for 1 last year.

  25. This will somehow work out and the Raiders will finish their final year in Oakland in 2019. Moving doesn’t make any sense. Let’s say they were able to move San Antonio. It would be like playing on a neutral field.

  26. This is way more complicated than it should be. Lack of planning is killing them. And even when they get their new stadium in Vegas their problems still may not be over. They have some serious parking issues without a lot of good ideas to fix them. For a city in the desert you’d think they could build a stadium without people having to park multiple miles away but apparently not.

  27. I suggest DKR-Memorial Stadium in Austin. The richest school in sports would be happy to make more money!

    Never mind! Not even Dallas or Houston has/will play a preseason game there. Price must be too high!

  28. geehhdogg said: “They should play the 2019 season in San Diego. At least the Raider fans from LA and San Diego would come close to selling out the stadium.”

    Me: No Thank you in playing in San Diego. The Raiders fans cannot sell out the Oakland stadium why do you think they’ll do better elsewhere on a consistent basis?

    Besides, the Raiders fans cannot get out of jail for 8 – home games a year their parole officers would not allow it…

  29. just reading the comment’s, and try to make common sense out of them. One saying it’s Oakland’s fault is the funniest one….Its a cities fault that they have no where to play….my answer to that is the next time your wife says she is leaving you in a few years for another man, but still wants to sleep in the same bed for 3 years until she is for you to move in with her. I am sure your current wife would say sure, no problem. As far as Cal Bears stadium, it is still in Alameda County and they to are in the alleged lawsuit against the Raiders. So good luck with that. As far as Santa Clara, you would think maybe, but I think after the 49ers host the Raiders in a few weeks, you will have your answer why Santa Clara will want nothing to do with the situation. Going to San Diego would be like the Bears playing in Green Bay- I guess it could happen, but there are a lot of people in San Diego who dislike the raiders- it was totally obvious when they hosted the superbowl when the raiders played the bucs. LA – Stan the Man is right up there with Jerry, and Robert in running the league, it’s not going to happen (at least not w/o compensation. So much like a homeless person on the street with no money, Mark Davis will hold his cup out begging for somebody to take him in. This guy is so far over his head, he has no clue. When combined with the Sacramento media market and the bay area’s media market he will be leaving the third largest media market in the US, and the nations most affluent market, only to leave to one of the smallest. In reality he should have sold to anyone of the 73 billionaires in the bay area. (which just happens to be more than any other area in the entire world). The other sad fact is this stadium in Las Vegas will not be ready by 2021- So in the interim the name the “Raiders” should stay in Oakland, and he call the the team the Gypsies.

  30. The Raiders Daily says:
    October 4, 2018 at 8:57 am
    It’s not Mark Davis fault. It’s Oakland fault. They don’t want the Raiders anymore.
    Raiders have plenty of options from San Antonio to San Diego all the way east Coast to Connecticut

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    As a Raider fan from Connecticut, this makes me happy! Have them play at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, where the UConn Huskies play. It only seats 40,000 but that is more than is probably attending games in Oakland right now anyway.

  31. where ever they go they must be ready for raiders in 19 and 20, just in case, construction delay.Raider should sign the lease countersue if sued by oakland. better to stay with the devil you know than the devil you do not.

  32. eagles2675 says:
    October 4, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    This will somehow work out and the Raiders will finish their final year in Oakland in 2019. Moving doesn’t make any sense. Let’s say they were able to move San Antonio. It would be like playing on a neutral field.

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    1. Oakland wants nothing to do with them. The fact that they had to move anywhere BUT Oakland doesn’t make sense.
    2. They are likely gonna suck really bad next year so home field advantage won’t really matter.

  33. Don’t let the door hit you in the A** on the way out Bowl Cut. I was a Raider fan for 45 years, a season ticket holder since they came back from LA. “Tommy Boy” never had any plans to build in Oakland…He’s lied every step of the way. Raider fans are being conned by this clown

  34. One thing that should be explained is why a stadium being built in Las Vegas is taking this long to complete. The Vikings new stadium was built on the same site as the old Metrodome which needed to be torn down, the site cleared, and construction started all of which was done in 2 years. This happened in Minnesota where they have a thing called winter.

    Now we have a stadium being built in Las Vegas where I have seen construction on casinos being done 24/7 and the Raiders new home is going to take somewhere between 3 and 4 years (and possibly 5) Something is not right.

  35. Robert Zak wrote:

    Someone in a post above stated “Oakland has supported them” ??? Really ? Why are the upper levels of their stadium covered with tarps ?

    Mr. Zak, you don’t know a thing about the situation in Oakland. The decision to tarp off the upper deck was made solely by THE RAIDERS. President Marc Badain told me this personally. Among other reasons, he claimed the Coliseum couldn’t be adequately staffed, a point directly contradicted by Scott McKibben, the executive director of the Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders tarped off the top deck for one reason and one reason only, to lower the team’s revenue as a means to get the owners to support a move out of Oakland, It’s the same reason why they dropped tickets prices on the top deck to $25, then raised them after the move was approved. The city of Oakland is run by chumps, but MARK DAVIS IS A LIAR.. He hever had any intention to stay in Oakland.

  36. Oh please, let it be Qualcomm. That would be awesome. They used to bring in special holding pens for Raider games there to accommodate the extra arrests. I wonder if they are still hidden in the basement of the stadium.

  37. #The-Best-Fans-in-the-NFL says:
    October 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    scottishvike says:
    London, that way Goodell can find out if the fans here will support 8+ games of one franchise, without the risk of actually moving full time.
    >>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<
    Can you imagine the other west division teams whining about the travel ???
    London isn't an option. I think they play next year in the same place.
    The city and team work it out for 1 last year

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    All three of those teams have already played in London once and the Chiefs and Chargers are playing again this year. They would also have the benefit of Oakland losing home field advantage. Listen the crowds show up and are pretty knowledgeable but for the 2 games I've been at it wasn't like everyone in the stadium went crazy on 3rd down.

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