San Diego an option for the Raiders?
If Raiders bust in Vegas, San Diego remains option
Acknowledging that the chance the Raiders veer from their Las Vegas plan, San Diego can still make contingency plans and align its efforts.
In fact, city officials are intrigued enough by the possibility of becoming an NFL town again sooner than later that sources said at least two people at city hall plan to reach out to NFL officials, one to the Raiders and the other to the NFL, in the wake of news about the Raiders’ Las Vegas bid being imperiled.
Questions about whether San Diego should or could provide a landing spot for a disenfranchised franchise aside, it should be noted that the city’s foray into the other football could actually be a boon to such a quest.
Certainly, interest in bringing the Raiders or any NFL team to San Diego is no reason to pump the brakes on the process of vetting the group of investors seeking to land an MLS expansion franchise for the city.
An effort to bring an NFL franchise to San Diego would actually be aided by the proposal to build a soccer stadium and mixed-use development on the Mission Valley site that currently houses Qualcomm Stadium.
The proposed development, which calls for a 20,000-seat stadium for an MLS expansion franchise along with housing, retail, office and entertainment space, sets aside a 16-acre parcel specifically for an NFL stadium. The MLS proposal calls for the San Diego State football team to play in the smaller stadium, which would expand to 30,000 for football games. The Aztecs, who would prefer a slightly larger venue, could conceivably play in an NFL stadium.
Regardless, these efforts could work in harmony.http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/spo ... story.html
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