Football In San Antonio? Raiders Meet With City Officials, Eyeing A Move To Lone Star State
They say everything is bigger in Texas, so could three NFL teams coexist in the Lone Star state? We could find out next year. Raiders owner Mark Davis met with met with San Antonio officials two weeks ago to discuss a potential move to the Alamo City, according to a report from the San Antonio Express-News.
With their lease at the O.co Coliseum set to expire at the end of the season, Davis and spent a couple of days in San Antonio and even visited the Alamodome, a potential site if the team were to relocate.
City manager Sheryl Sculley issued a statement to the city council:
I was asked to meet two weeks ago with the owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, and members of his staff. Mr. Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio and we are engaged in preliminary due diligence. The agenda for this visit included a tour of the Alamodome and meetings with local business leaders.
The Alamodome hosted three preseason games between 1993-2001. It’s played host to numerous high school state championships, UTSA football and the appropriately named Alamo Bowl. The Saints played three games there because of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and averaged 62,666 spectators per game.
The San Antonio Raiders has a nice ring to it. Not to mention, the Spurs already don black and silver over there, so that’d be cool. But still, we grew up with the Raiders in California and dammit we’re not accustomed to change like this. Also, they’re probably just bluffing, because who would say no to a free trip to Texas in the summer?
If a move were to happen, the son of the late Al Davis would be apparently creeping into the territory of the Cowboys and Texans. Dallas owner Jerry Jones didn’t appear too pleased when asked about the possibility of a team in San Antonio following Tuesday’s practice.
Media crush this p.m. on @dallascowboys practice field. Jerry fielding questions about Raiders-to-S.A. rumors "S.A. is Cowboys country."
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) July 30, 2014