The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers might be moving in together.
According to the LA Times, the teams plan to build a shared stadium outside Los Angeles. The teams are pursuing new stadiums funded by taxpayer money in their respective hometowns, but if they can’t acquire the financing, they will erect a $1.7 billion stadium together in Carson, California.
The two teams would join the New York Jets and Giants as the only other NFL co-tenants.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Stadium Would be Located in Carson
Carson, California is about 17 miles outside of Los Angeles. It is also the location of the StubHub Center, the home of the Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.
The teams are working on the ground with a group of business advocates called “Carson2gether” and they have targeted a 168-acre site for the project, at the 405 Freeway and Del Amo Boulevard, according to the Times report.
2. The Joint Venture is a Backup Plan for Both Teams
The Chargers and Raiders issued a statement on Thursday that plainly detailed their motivations behind the project. The teams are each pursuing their own projects in Oakland and San Diego utilizing public money. If they can’t acquire taxpayer assistance, they will partner up to help defray the costs of building a modern football stadium.
“We are pursuing this stadium option in Carson for one straightforward reason: If we cannot find a permanent solution in our home markets, we have no alternative but to preserve other options to guarantee the future economic viability of our franchises.”
3. Los Angeles Could Get 3 NFL Teams
In addition to the Raiders and Chargers splitting a stadium in Carson, Calif., the St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke plans to build a stadium for his team in Inglewood. In December, he announced plans for a new home for the Rams, an 80,000-seat stadium and performance venue in southwest Los Angeles County.
4. The Rams, Raiders & Chargers All Used to Play in Los Angeles
Los Angeles doesn’t have any NFL teams right now but it could soon have three, all of which called L.A. home at some point.
The Raiders bolted Southern California in 1994 and the Rams left Los Angeles in 1995. The Raiders returned to Oakland, where they had played until 1982, and the Rams moved to St. Louis.
The Chargers moved to San Diego in 1961 after playing only one season as the Los Angeles Chargers.
There is a very good chance all three could return to Los Angeles, the biggest American city currently without an NFL team.
5. The New York Jets & Giants Also Share a Stadium
The NFL’s only other co-tenants are the New York Jets and New York Giants, who share MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The two teams have shared a home since the Jets moved into Giants Stadium in East Rutherford in 1984.
The two teams built MetLife Stadium together in 2010 with private funds. The Jets play in the AFC East and the Giants in the NFC East and never play home games on the same Sunday. MetLife is unique in that it can transform from a Giants home stadium, dressed in blue and red, into a Jets home stadium dressed in green and white.
According to CBS Sports, the NFL could ask either the Raiders or Chargers, who both play in the AFC West, to switch conferences. As reported by Bleacher Report, the Raiders might be willing to move to the NFC.