The Raiders will have one final season in Oakland after all.
Team owner Mark Davis reached an agreement for the Raiders to play one more season at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, according to multiple reports. The team, which is relocating to Las Vegas for the 2020 season, had spent months searching for a home for next season after the city of Oakland filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the team and NFL over the franchise’s pending move.
The Raiders had considered playing in the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium in nearby Santa Clara, before reaching a deal to play at the MLB Giants’ AT&T Park (now Oracle Park) in San Francisco. But the 49ers nixed that deal, citing territorial rights.
The Oakland agreement, approved unanimously by the Coliseum Stadium Authority, calls for the Raiders to pay $7.5 million, plus $750,000 from previous fees, to rent Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. There is also a $10.5 million option for the team to play there in 2020 if their new $1.8 billion stadium in Las Vegas isn’t ready in time. That facility is currently set for completion in July 2020.
The Oakland City Council and Alameda County supervisors must vote to approve the agreement, but those votes are expected to be formalities.
Friday’s development is welcome news to Raiders Nation. Many fans, and even Oakland players, went into the home finale last December thinking it could be the final game in the city.