Tucson floated as possible Raiders home in 2019

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Add Tucson to the list of potential Raiders homes for 2019.

With the Raiders and Oakland in the middle of a dispute, and with the Raiders’ Las Vegas stadium not ready until 2020, it remains unclear where the Raiders will play this year. Tucson attorney Ali Farhang says he talked to Raiders president Marc Badain about the possibility of the Raiders playing their 2019 home games at Arizona Stadium, the 56,000-seat stadium where the University of Arizona Wildcats play.

According to Farhang, Badain listened and they agreed to have further dialogue.

It’s a long shot, but we’re going to put our best foot forward to turn impossible into possible,” Farhang told the Arizona Daily Star.

Farhang says he has the approval of the University of Arizona to try to facilitate a deal, and he also says he got the blessing of Arizona Cardinals, who play just two hours away in Glendale. So while it is a long shot, Tucson is getting itself ready for the possibility of hosting the Raiders for eight games.

13 responses to “Tucson floated as possible Raiders home in 2019

  1. Tucson? Really? How about Flagstaff? Or Palm Springs? Or Albuquerque? It’s embarrassing for the Raiders to have to be a nomad for a year like this and embarrassing for the NFL

  2. But it’s an uncovered stadium where in Sept and early Oct the temps can still push 100F. (note over in Phoenix the Cards play under a retractable roof in a climate-controlled stadium).

  3. Yet another slap in the faces of all their loyal fans. I think it’s despicable what teams do to their fans and act like it’s nothing. They want the fans’ support–they just don’t care about the fans other than that.

  4. streetyson says:
    January 10, 2019 at 7:24 am
    But it’s an uncovered stadium where in Sept and early Oct the temps can still push 100F. (note over in Phoenix the Cards play under a retractable roof in a climate-controlled stadium).

    Exactly. I still think it will be Glendale, but there’s a chance the Giants stadium in San Francisco could be the answer. Of course, with the Raiders you just never know. There’s always the moon!

  5. They should play in Fresno Ca. Fresno is right in the center of the state, would draw Raider fans from NorCal and SoCal as well as all points in between. Area historically has a huge Raider fan base, Tom Flores and Daryl Lamonica are both from the surrounding area and Derek Carr played for the Bulldogs. The late Jim Sweeney, longtime FSU coach was also an assistant coach on Madden’s staff in the 70’s. Bulldog Stadium holds about 40k and is larger than the place the Chargers call home.

  6. San Diego still makes the most sense. The Raiders want a grass field, which eliminates San Antonio. The Raiders have so far refused to play in Sam Boyd Stadium current home of UNLV football. I’m also sure the Raiders would like to attract some fans from Las Vegas area as a prelude to 2020. I love Tucson, but as many have pointed out the temp can easily reach around a 100 degrees on a Sunday afternoon in September and October. That’s why the University of Arizona plays a lot of night games. Glendale make better sense than Tucson, but the NFL has to work around the Cards schedule in order to make that work. Time is running out to find a temporary home for the Raiders next season.

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