SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The San Francisco Giants confirmed they are exploring the possibility of the Raiders playing at AT&T Park next season.
The Giants confirmed the possibility of it happening in a statement: “There has been initial interest expressed in exploring the opportunity of the Raiders playing at AT&T Park. Many details would need to be figured out. The Giants want to do what’s best for Bay Area fans.”
The Giants new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told KPIX he just heard about it on Friday.
While this proposal is in the exploration phase, there are a lot of factors that can get in the way of it becoming a reality.
A major issue is that the San Francisco 49ers own territorial rights to the market — which means they would have to approve any move by the Raiders to San Francisco.
AT&T Park has converted into a football venue in the past. It has hosted 11 college bowl games and was the home of the University of California Berkeley football team for one season while Memorial Stadium was undergoing renovations.
The Raiders need a home for just one year. They’re scheduled to move into their new Las Vegas stadium in 2020. They were planning to play at the Coliseum until Oakland city officials sued them over the team’s move to Vegas.
This potential move would also have to get the approval of Major League Baseball.