Chiefs-Raiders on Sunday will be last NFL game on a baseball infield

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For most of the NFL’s 100 seasons, some NFL teams have shared stadiums with Major League Baseball teams, which means some games are played on dirt infields. That all comes to an end on Sunday.

The Raiders are the last NFL team sharing a stadium with a baseball team, and this is their last season playing on the same field as the Oakland Athletics. Sunday’s home game against the Chiefs will be the Raiders’ last game in Oakland during baseball season, and therefore the NFL’s last game on a baseball infield.

After Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, the Raiders are on the road Weeks 3-4, have a “home” game in London Week 5, their bye Week 6 and on the road Weeks 7-8. By the time they play in Oakland again, Week 9, baseball season is over.

Players have never liked having to play on dirt, and NFL teams don’t like having to share their stadium with MLB teams. On Sunday the NFL will forever say good riddance to the days of playing on baseball fields.

23 responses to “Chiefs-Raiders on Sunday will be last NFL game on a baseball infield

  1. Yeah the field is crap but do you ever notice that most of the knee injuries happen on the new fields with the faux grass and usually non contact. Meanwhile the guys play on this dirt & chewed up grass & are fine.

  2. Well it’s not like it could have been avoided decades ago when Al was extorting municipalities up and down the coast, including Oakland which never had the money he wanted.

  3. If MLB was decent about sharing the stadiums it could have worked. But as the NFL became the premier sport in America they got increasingly more jealous and less accommodating. So the NFL built their own rather than put up with it.

  4. Yet games in Mexico are cancelled because the fields are poor a week before. How much worse can a field be than dirt?

  5. If MLB was decent about sharing the stadiums it could have worked. But as the NFL became the premier sport in America they got increasingly more jealous and less accommodating. So the NFL built their own rather than put up with it.
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    That’s not what happened. Shared stadiums were all municipal (owned by the city) so it had nothing to do with baseball holding out. Both leagues realized there was as a better fan experience (and money) in single use stadiums. Of course they still wanted the city to foot as much of the bill as possible.

  6. This week will show if the Raiders are a contender or a pretender. BTW, Gruden still cares more about being a TV star.

  7. redlikethepig says:
    September 10, 2019 at 8:55 am
    If MLB was decent about sharing the stadiums it could have worked. But as the NFL became the premier sport in America they got increasingly more jealous and less accommodating. So the NFL built their own rather than put up with it.

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    Go ahead, just make stuff up.

    Do you really think NFL teams were saying “gee…even though we’re making more money than you, we’d LOVE to keep sharing this dirt infield with you. Can we?”

    No NFL team ever *wanted* to share a stadium, and no baseball team became “less accommodating” out of jealousy.

    Once NFL teams had enough revenue and could generate enough support from the public and private sectors, they built their own football-only stadiums. At the same time, many baseball teams were moving towards building retro parks (like Camden Yards) that could never accommodate a football game.

  8. I’d like to know how many NFL teams actually financed and built their own stadiums and domes without substantial contributions from the various municipalities and states (ie…taxpayers).

    My guess is very few. Perhaps none.

  9. The baseball diamond on the football field has such a nostalgic feel to it, but there’s no reason to have that anymore in an NFL stadium. I’d be lying though if I said I wouldn’t miss it.

  10. The players want…. a $975 MILLION Stadium, Players want 10’s of millions.. Ever wonder IF the fans that are PAYING for it all (with help from the tax payers), are going to get what WE want?
    I remember going to pro football games in the 70’s paying $16.00 a ticket.
    Now it is about 900% higher, not to mention the price of pop, beer, and food!
    BUT they know we still love the game!
    I wonder what prices will be when the encephalitic Cuncussive Brain Trauma Law Suits start to get won for former players?
    I am still wondering what Las Vegas is going to do about close to 70,000 extra people needing water they don’t have enough of now?

  11. vikesfansteve says:
    September 10, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Yeah the field is crap but do you ever notice that most of the knee injuries happen on the new fields with the faux grass and usually non contact. Meanwhile the guys play on this dirt & chewed up grass & are fine.
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    That’s because those artificial field surfaces are designed to have more traction than real grass because some rocket scientist thought it’d be great for the players to have all the traction in the world without giving one thought to what it would do to the players lower bodies therfore the players knees/ankles are the weakest link, so that’s why we have all of those injuries. If the NFL really cared about the players health(as much as they claim they do) they’d outlaw anything but natural grass fields and then most(but not all) of those knee/ankle injuries would stop!

    BTW one would think that even if the NFL didn’t care enough about the players to move to natural grass that the teams would want to stop getting their own players hurt, I mean they have hundreds of millions invested in these guys, but I guess there’s still a lot of teams don’t really give a damn about their players either!

  12. jjackwagon says:
    September 10, 2019 at 9:48 am

    This week will show if the Raiders are a contender or a pretender. BTW, Gruden still cares more about being a TV star.
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    But you almost have to agree that those “Chucky looks” he gives us are PRICELESS!
    OMG I was rolling laughing at some of them last night!

    And he doesn’t have to say a word to his players, just give them one of those “looks”.

    We never got those when he was in the booth.

  13. Last season in Oakland and the NFL gives them a ‘Home’ game in London?

    AND nearly 2 months between actual home games!

    Brilliant scheduling!!

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