“We’ve discussed it, but there’s no plans. There’s nothing in the works,”said York, son of team owner John York. “And again, it’s something we remainopen to, but it’s got to be the right deal for two teams. There’s nothing thatanybody can force to make that happen.”
About the only thing the two franchises can agree on is that both need toreplace their aging homes.
The 49ers have played in San Francisco since the franchise was establishedmore than 60 years ago and have called Candlestick Park home since 1971. TheRaiders, aside from the hiatus in Los Angeles, have played at the OaklandColiseum since 1966.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has urged both to work together on a stadiumsolution similar to that of the New York Giants and Jets, who share the NewMeadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
“We have an open mind about the possibility of sharing a stadium and we arediscussing that possibility with the 49ers, with whom we have a terrific workingrelationship,” Raiders CEO Amy Trask said.
Raiders owner Al Davis wants a new stadium on the Coliseum site, and the49ers—who couldn’t get a plan they wanted to stay in San Francisco—havefocused efforts on financing a facility near team headquarters in Santa Clara.
In June 2010, voters in the Silicon Valley city signed off on a plan by the49ers to build the 68,500-seat stadium. Under the agreement with the team, thecity and area hotels would contribute $114 million to the $937 million projectnext to Great America theme park.
York said the team is still focused “100 percent” on the Santa Claraproject. He is hopeful to start construction in 2013 and open the stadium forthe 2015 season, although there’s still a major shortfall in cash to get thefinancing needed.
York said the soon-to-be-ratified, 10-year labor deal has removed theuncertainty and made it easier to secure the sponsors and financial backing fora facility. And under the new agreement, he doesn’t believe the rival teamswould be competing for league dollars on a stadium.
“It’s not going to put anybody in competition with each other,” York said.“The way the credits work and how much credit would be available over the nextseveral years, there’s more than enough to accommodate several new stadiumsbeing built, so that’s not going to be an issue.”
AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in Alameda, Calif., contributed to this story.
Updated Jul 26, 4:57 pm EDT