9ers, Raiders to share a stadium?
POSTED 9:47 a.m. EST, January 29, 2007
49ERS, RAIDERS TO SHARE A STADIUM?
Philip Matier and Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle report that the San Francisco 49ers have "informally approached" the Oakland Raiders regarding the possibility of building and sharing a new stadium.
Per the report, the 49ers deny that such contact occurred.
"I think it's a good idea, but we haven't gone down that road yet,' 49ers executive Jed York said. "First we need to work on Santa Clara, and make sure we can actually get a stadium down there.'
Raiders sources, however, told the Chronicle that the team was approached by the 49ers on a casual basis during the second half of the 2006 season regarding the possibility of joining forces.
Said Raiders chief executive Amy Trask in the article:
"We are enthusiastically focused on the 2007 football season, and don't believe this is an appropriate time to discuss stadium opportunities. . . .
We are playing in a nice stadium, which our teams and fans enjoy.'
Reading between the lines of that one, our official response is:
Currently, the only NFL teams that share a stadium are the Giants and the Jets.
Other NFL teams share a venue with a local college team.
Some, including the Raiders, also share with a baseball team.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain