NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the Oakland Raiders may share Levi’s Stadium with the San Francisco 49ers after their lease with O.co stadium expires in 2015.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the Oakland Raiders may share Levi’s Stadium with the San Francisco 49ers starting in 2015, which is when Candlestick Park is scheduled to be demolished.
The Raiders have a year remaining on their lease with O.co Stadium, which they share with the Oakland Athletics. The 49ers will begin playing their home games at Levi’s Stadium in the 2014 season.
Goodell expressed his support of the 49ers and Raiders playing in the same venue. “Well, we have two pro teams in the Bay Area. Obviously, the stadium issue in Oakland’s going to have to be resolved, too,” the commissioner said at a Levi’s Stadium ribbon-cutting ceremony.
49ers CEO Jed York has also said that he is open to sharing a stadium with the Raiders, but Raiders owner Mark Davis has openly opposed the idea of sharing a stadium with another team.
The 49ers were lent $200 million by the NFL to help fund Levi’s Stadium, so the league may use that as leverage to convince the two teams to share the same stadium.