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San Francisco Mayor to Raiders: Stay in Oakland

February 06, 2019 - 1:05 pm

San Francisco Mayor London Breed says the Raiders should stay in Oakland next season as reports circulate that the team is negotiating for space in the Giants' ballpark. 

“I think the Oakland Raiders should play their last season for the fans of Oakland in Oakland,” Breed told KPIX 5.

The Raiders have been searching for a temporary home field until they can permanently relocate to Las Vegas in 2020. Their search began after Oakland officials sued the team and NFL in a federal antitrust case over the Raiders' plans to abandon the Coliseum. 

Oracle Park, formerly AT&T Park on the San Francisco waterfront, has reportedly become a candidate to host the team in the 2019 season. 

“I don’t think the Raiders need a temporary home,” Breed said. “They have a home in Oakland, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with finishing up their last season there.”

Following Breed’s statements, NFL reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted that the 49ers will most likely not waive their territorial rights, taking the option of San Francisco off the table. That leaves Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and the Oakland Coliseum, where the Raiders played their first game in 1966, as the only Bay Area options where the team could play its home games. 

Breed says having the Raiders play at the home of San Francisco Giants would put a major strain on San Francisco’s infrastructure — from traffic in the Mission Bay neighborhood to the police needed for security at the ballpark.

“There are already a number of challenges with congestion and with other issues in this neighborhood,” she said.

Besides crowds attending Giants' games, the UCSF Medical Campus and Chase Center, which will be the new arena for the Golden State Warriors, are also in the area. 

Written by Brian Krans.