Robert Griffin III will be playing at the O.co Coliseum for the first time in his NFL career on Sunday, and he is apparently looking forward to the chance to play football on the baseball dirt:
Ever played football on a baseball infield? Yea me neither but blessed to have the opportunity
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 28, 2013
The Coliseum is home to both the Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics, so when the seasons overlap, the Raiders have to deal with the baseball infield running through their field during football games, which isn’t very appealing. This is the only stadium in the country to house both a baseball and football team.
How will the dirt affect RGIII? Golden Gate Sports’ Samuel Charles broke down its affects on another mobile quarterback, Terrelle Pryor of the Raiders. Playing football on dirt isn’t ideal, as it messes with footing and could lead to mistakes that wouldn’t be made on a field that is all grass.
But no matter what, it looks to be a promising matchup on Sunday, as perhaps two of the fastest quarterbacks in the NFL battle it out at the Coliseum.
Speaking of the Coliseum, the Raiders may have to move the time slot of next Sunday’s game against the Chargers, depending on how the A’s playoff schedule looks.
The A’s will play Game 2 of the ALDS on Oct. 5 and the Raiders play on Oct. 6, but it will take a while to transform the stadium from baseball to football.
The Raiders’ game will be played either at 1:00 PST or at 8:30 PST.