The Oakland Raiders may have to give up another home game due to the smoke from the North Bay fires tanking the air quality throughout the region.
The NFL is working with the team and local officials to monitor conditions to ensure a safe experience for fans and players, according to media reports.
A possible choice could be moving the game to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The league confirmed with the 49ers that it could be an option, according to Tim Kawakami of the Athletic.
NFL source: The league has checked to see if Levi’s Stadium is available for Raiders-Chargers this weekend. It is. Just one option.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 12, 2017
But, with the smoke creeping deep into the South Bay, it might not be much of an improvement over the Coliseum.
San Diego mayor Kevin Faulkner “is receptive” to the game being played in the Chargers’ former home, according to a report in the Union-Tribune.
“At this point, the game remains scheduled for Sunday in Oakland,” an NFL spokesperson said Wednesday.
The Raiders could probably expect a pro-Raiders environment in Mission Valley if the atmosphere there Dec. 18 was the template.
Raiders fans were a noisy presence throughout the game, especially in the fourth quarter when the Chargers offense went to a silent count due to communication issues. Oakland won, 19-16.
At other games in San Diego, Raiders fans were less of a presence, but by last December, the specter of franchise relocation, along with poor on-field results spanning two seasons, seemingly eroded the willingness of Chargers fans to attend the home games.
Another option is the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, a former home to the Raiders.
With several logistical issues to work out before Sunday, expect the league to resolve this problem sooner than later.
The Raiders had both of their practices on Wendesday and Thursday cut short this week due to the poor air quality.
“You know, we’ve done our best to stay as in routine as we can,” offensive coordinator Todd Downing told reporters on Thursday. “I think [Head] Coach [Jack Del Rio] has done an awesome job of adjusting where he’s needed to, but we feel like we’re putting together a good week of prep.”
Tribune News Service contributed to this report.