NFL rumors: Birmingham, Tucson partnering to host Raiders home games originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com
The Raiders' search for a home field for the 2019 NFL season just keeps getting weirder. Somehow, it's now turned to Alabama ... and Arizona.
Both Birmingham, Ala., and Tucson, Ariz., reportedly are vying to partner as hosts for Raiders home games this season.
BREAKING: Birmingham is partnering with Tucson, AZ in an effort to host the @Raiders for the 2019 season. @citycouncilbham William Parker tells me the plan will be for each city to split hosting duties. #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/xuTohnNEaK
— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) February 12, 2019
Birmingham city councilor William Parker told AL.com that hosting the Raiders would be "a perfect marriage."
"The fans in Alabama love football. Obviously, the people in San Francisco and Oakland don't want them and there's a fan base here for the Raiders," Parker said, adding that he "got calls from a lot of citizens saying they've been Raiders fans since they were kids."
Professional football returned to Birmingham on Sunday. The Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football played their inaugural game at Legion Field, which holds over 71,000 people.
The Iron drew just 17,000 fans in their debut.
Stay tuned, you never know which city, or cities, will reportedly host the Raiders next before they head to Las Vegas in 2020.