Raiders And San Antonio Meet for Possible Relocation

| by Daniel Yancelson

Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and other government officials are set to meet with the Oakland Raiders in the Bay Area today, according to the San Antonio Express News. They will be discussing a possible relocation for the Raiders.

The meeting will be the second between the two parties. Raiders’ officials visited the Alamo City in July and took an aerial tour of the city and visited the Alamo Dome.

Two Raiders’ officials later attended a UT-San Antonio football game at the Alamo Dome. They reportedly consider the facility NFL-ready.

The Raiders and the city of San Antonio split the cost of a survey of the region in order to analyze the interest level of football fans in South Texas.

Cisneros believes that San Antonio getting an NFL team is a “very clear 50-50 proposition.”

Although Raiders’ owner Mark Davis says he wants to keep the Raiders in Oakland, their current O. co Coliseum contract expires at the end of the season, making relocation a possibility.

Davis is also considering Los Angeles as a possible relocation city, which is what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Texans owner Bob McNair want. Jones has said that San Antonio has the largest concentration of Cowboys fans outside of the North Texas area.

Regardless of what Jones and McNair want, San Antonio believes they are ready to host an NFL team. The Alamo Dome served as home for the New Orleans Saints for three regular season games after the Superdome was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.  The average crowd for the three games was 62,665 fans. According to, the Raiders average attendance this year is 53,164, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

Sources: San Antonio Express News / Photo Credit: Socorpos Blogspot