The 49ers and Raiders have met to discuss the possibility of sharing a new football stadium in the Bay Area, Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
“We’ve put our teams together,” 49ers CEO Jed York said Monday at the NFL 101 event in Los Angeles. “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.”
The location of a new stadium is an issue. The 49ers secured $114 million in public financing on a proposed $1 billion 68,500-seat stadium (ETA: 2015) next to their team headquarters in Santa Clara, but former team president Carmen Policy is holding out hope for a stadium in San Francisco.
“You have a league (the NFL) that has no plan in place to support the building of new stadiums,” Policy said in a recent interview with the Chronicle. “You can’t finance that deal in Santa Clara. I’m not sure you can in San Francisco, either…
“I believe the league has an internal belief that the only way to build a world-class stadium in the Bay Area would be a two-team stadium,” said Policy.
The Raiders, whose lease at the Oakland Coliseum expires after the 2013 season, are open to sharing a stadium with the 49ers.
“We have said repeatedly that we have an open mind with respect to our stadium solution,” Raiders CEO Amy Trask said at the same event. “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.”