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Report: Oakland Raiders could play in Glendale next season

Posted at 1:34 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 15:48:54-05

PHOENIX - The Oakland Raiders could be looking for a temporary home next year -- and the Valley is reportedly one of the options.

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reported that State Farm Stadium in Glendale, home of the Arizona Cardinals, could be among the options for home games next season for the Raiders, who are planning to permanently relocate to Las Vegas in 2020.

The Raiders have said they want to play in Oakland next year but would look to play elsewhere next season if the city decided to file a federal lawsuit against the team in an effort to block the Vegas move. The city announced the filing of that lawsuit earlier this week.

Gutierrez said other possible locations for the Raiders next year are Levi's Stadium (home of the San Francisco 49ers) in Santa Clara, California, along with San Diego and Reno, Nevada.

"San Diego is closer to Las Vegas than Oakland is, and, well, Glendale, Arizona, is closer to Las Vegas than San Diego. Thinking out loud here, but might the Raiders taking up residence with the Cardinals for a year make sense?" Gutierrez said. "Especially with Arizona's State Farm Stadium a seeming model for the Raiders' Las Vegas dome with its fully retractable natural grass playing surface. It would give the Raiders a chance to keep growing its southwest fan base while playing home games in an environment similar to what they will have a year later."