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The Bay Area's NFL franchises are open to the prospect of a joint stadium project as a solution to their current tenancies at Candlestick Park and the Oakland Coliseum, according to a news report.
A story in Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle quoted 49ers chief executive Jed York and Raiders chief executive Amy Trask, each indicating that there is dialogue between the two teams on the issue.
"We've put our teams together," York told the newspaper. "It doesn't mean we're going to find the right deal that fits for both teams, but we're certainly going to get a look at those options."
Said Trask: "We have said repeatedly that we have an open mind with respect to our stadium solution. An open mind means an open mind as to sharing a facility with the 49ers. I say to Jed regularly that we should have not only an open mind to the sharing of the facility, but to the location of the facility which we might share. And so there are a lot of options for us to consider."
The 49ers are moving forward with a plan for a new stadium in Santa Clara by 2015. The Raiders' lease in Oakland runs through the 2013 season.
Raiders managing general partner Al Davis was asked about the prospects for a new stadium in January, and he identified it as the franchise's biggest priority.
"My biggest thing is, and we work on it day and night, we want a stadium,' Davis said. "We want a new stadium. The best place for a stadium is where the Oakland Coliseum is right now, as to whether it will happen or not, we have to have somewhere in the future here, a new stadium."
In New York, the Giants and the Jets occupy New Meadowlands Stadium, which opened in 2010.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is a proponent of a similar situation for the Bay Area.
"The commissioner has said from time to time that he would like us to go in with them," Davis said earlier this year. "That isnt for today. Where (the 49ers) stand is where they stand, but (we) can't do the whole world today."