The 49ers-Raiders stadium idea has been talked about for years with both sides more interested in pursuing their own stadiums than calling the same place home. The 49ers have public financing approved for a stadium in San Francisco and Santa Clara with the latter being the preferred choice for team president Jed York. The one-year construction delay with the Santa Clara stadium site was caused by a lack of funding falling well short of the $987 million price tag. York had hoped for help from the NFL stadium fund which had a hand in building the last 13 stadiums built by teams. The new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) reportedly will have stadium financing available for three teams which will include the 49ers.
The problem for the 49ers is the Raiders, Chargers, Vikings and the constant talk of a team moving to Los Angeles are also in need of help from the NFL fund to build a new stadium. To recount four teams needing a new stadium with the NFL fund potentiality only having enough money to build new playing fields for three teams. Another problem for the 49ers is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has expressed his support for a joint 49ers-Raiders stadium somewhere in the Bay Area.
A joint stadium between the Bay Area rivals has been talked about in the past, but with the NFL lockout and the new CBA the signs are pointing to the possibility of the Raider Nation and the 49er Faithful calling the same place home. The question is where the stadium would be built. The 49ers have the Santa Clara site but a big issue other than funding is parking in the area for Monday and Thursday night games which the 49ers have said they might have to forgo. The Santa Clara site will use local businesses parking lots for Sunday games but they might not want to give up parking for weeknight games for a 5:30pm kickoff. If a shared stadium is the more realistic approach for the 49ers and Raiders I doubt Santa Clara is the best choice. I can’t imagine Al Davis being as willing as York to give up weeknight games.
This leaves two sites for the Bay Area teams, San Francisco and Oakland. The Hunters Point/Candlestick redevelopment project which is being built with or without a 49ers stadium still includes the team in its plan and has public financing like the Santa Clara site. Oakland city officials unveiled on Wednesday plans to host both the Raiders and 49ers next to the Coliseum. With the new CBA there is now a race to see which city, Oakland, San Francisco or Santa Clara, will win out as the site for a 49ers-Raiders stadium. I am not against a Red and Gold, Silver and Black stadium if it means the 49ers will stay in SF or the East Bay. My vote is for San Francisco to keep the 49ers true to the city and because of the parking issues in Santa Clara.