Oakland Raiders: Ranking 2019 stadium options following lawsuit

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3. Santa Clara – Levi’s Stadium

From a location standpoint, Levi’s Stadium has to be among the most logical options for the Raiders. There’s just one significant problem: the San Francisco 49ers already play there.

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Now it’s not unprecedented for NFL teams to share stadiums. The New York Giants and New York Jets have done it for years, and it seems to work out well for them. However, it feels awkward trying to shove the Raiders into Santa Clara for one year.

Still, despite any unpleasant emotions it conjures, the option makes plenty of sense. Apart from staying put in Oakland, it’s the closest geographical spot for the Raiders. There, they can still tap into their own market and fan base, allowing them to essentially still spend that final season in the Bay Area instead of teasing another city with an NFL franchise for a year.

It’s also worth noting that Levi’s Stadium is the newest and most up-to-date of the options on this list. It may not be a huge selling point, but it certainly beats having to play out a full season in an outdated facility like the Alamodome or Oakland Alameda Coliseum.

Despite all of that, Davis has already made it clear he’s not interested in being a tenant for the 49ers. And generally, the Raiders owner doesn’t back down when he’s already made up his mind.