In a Tuesday-morning appearance on KTVU News, San Francisco mayor London Breed expressed her desire not to have the itinerant Oakland Raiders spend a season playing at Oracle Park in China Basin, the home of the San Francisco Giants.
“As far as I’m concerned, the Oakland Raiders should play in Oakland,” Breed said.
The mayor was responding to a Sunday report by NBC’s Raj Mathai that the Raiders — who have spurned an offer by the City of Oakland to play at the Oakland Coliseum because of a lawsuit involving the City and the team — have engaged the Giants in talks to use the team-owned facility to host home games in 2019, before their planned move to Las Vegas for the 2020 season.
The Raiders have been looking for a place to play the 2019 season, with Oracle Park among several options. Both the NFL and the San Francisco 49ers — who play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, 45 minutes south — would have to approve any plan for the Raiders to play within San Francisco city limits, per NFL bylaws.
A Giants spokesman referred the Examiner to the Raiders, who have not responded to request for comment.
Breed, a lifelong Giants fan, echoed the sentiments of city Supervisor Matt Haney, who alluded to issues the City would have to work out in the areas of security and transportation, should the Raiders play up to nine home games — two preseason and seven regular season (they are one of the teams tapped by the NFL to play a “home” game abroad) — in China Basin. Those logistical challenges are further complicated by the fact that the park is on the Port of San Francisco’s property.
“We have a number of challenges that we need to address with the Warriors coming to the new Chase arena, the housing, 1400 units, that’s going to break ground in that area, our transportation system, our ferry landing,” Breed said, referring to the Giants’ Mission Rock development, as well as the over-taxed Muni and bus lines around the stadium, not to mention the choke point that is the Lefty O’Doul Bridge, which leads to stadium parking, as well as the new Chase Center (which is set to be completed in August) and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.
Breed said that she has spoken with the Giants on the matter, but did not offer any details.
“We have a number of things, for years, that we have been working to prepare for, and we don’t need another layer to add to what we already have, in terms of an area that’s really congested, filled with construction and will host a number of both concerts and games for both basketball and baseball over the coming months,” Breed said.
In somewhat related news, the signs that label the park as AT&T Park have begun being taken down as of Tuesday morning. New signage indicating the venue’s new name as Oracle Park will be up by the start of the Major League season, Giants CEO Larry Baer said on the occasion of the park’s name change.