Oakland Raiders may be forced to switch venues

September 7, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52, left) is congratulated by second baseman Alberto Callaspo (18) for hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders may be forced to move from O.co Coliseum on October 6th – no not permanently – but as a result of the success of the Oakland A’s.

The A’s currently sit atop the standings in the American League West, holding a half game lead over the Texas Rangers as of Saturday afternoon.  If the A’s make the playoffs – either as a division champion or as a wild card team – the Raiders home game against the San Diego Chargers on the 6th would have to be moved.

An NFL spokesman told csnbayarea.com’s Scott Bair that the league and the teams are working on a switch of home dates.  This would move the Raiders scheduled home game to the San Diego Chargers facility, and Oakland would then play at O.co as the home team on December 22nd.

The NFL has not made any formal announcement on the topic, probably because the Major League Baseball season is still underway.  If the A’s make the playoffs, October 6th would fall between games 2 and 3 of the American League Division Series.  Oakland officials are concerned with converting the stadium from baseball to football so quickly, thus the need for a switch of venues for the Raiders.

Topics: MLB, NFL, O.co Coliseum, Oakland A's, Oakland Raiders

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