The Oakland Raiders will soon be calling Las Vegas home, but they may be calling Oakland their former home sooner rather than later.
The Raiders’ lease at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expires at the end of 2018, but it was assumed the team would just sign a new one-year lease before moving to Sin City in 2020. But according to reports, the Raiders have asked about a temporary stay in San Diego.
The Oakland Raiders approached San Diego officials about relocating there next season before the team’s permanent move to Las Vegas the following season when the new stadium is completed. https://t.co/PP2oZB7cke
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) September 25, 2018
The former home of the Chargers is open and the Raiders could play at Qualcomm Stadium for one season. For NFL fans in that area, there would be a chance to watch professional football again. However, it could be considered more of a slap to the face for the hated Raiders to take up temporary residency.
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The news would also be a slap to the face of the fans in Oakland, a fanbase that knows its team is leaving but likely didn’t realize the team wants out of there this badly.
The Alliance of American Football, a new professional league which will begin play in 2019, has announced the eight teams that will make up the league. One of those teams will be located in San Diego, known as the San Diego Fleet. The team will be coached by former NFL head coach and offensive mastermind, Mike Martz.
Whether it’s the Raiders, the Fleet or both, there will be professional football in San Diego again. But if the Raiders made the move, can you imagine the first Los Angeles Chargers versus San Diego Raiders game at Qualcomm?