The Raiders came up on the 49ers’ big day. On hand for the Levi’s Stadium ribbon cutting ceremony in Santa Clara, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned the possibility of the Raiders sharing or, more accurately, being a renter at the state-of-the-art facility set to open this season.
The Raiders are stuck in O.co Coliseum, with financial, political and developmental hurdles between them and a new stadium of their own. With just a season left on their O.co Coliseum lease, the Raiders need a new place to play.
"Obviously the stadium issue in Oakland is going to have to be resolved," Goodell said in a pre-ceremony press conference. "We believe a new stadium is appropriate for the Raiders.
"They have to make that determination, whether they're in a new stadium in Oakland or whether they feel that it's best to join this stadium. We're working on that, and that's one of the decisions they'll have to make."
Owner Mark Davis has been resistant to playing at Levi’s Stadium for any stretch, favoring the University of California’s Memorial Stadium in previous interviews.
The league couldn’t force Davis to play in Santa Clara, though pressure could continue to mount while dysfunction reigns between the Athletics, Raiders and Oakland area politicians over the O.co stadium site.