GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - The Oakland Raiders may not have a home stadium to play in for the 2019 NFL season.
Reports say they are now considering Glendale as an option while they await their new home in Las Vegas.
The City of Oakland filed a lawsuit against their hometown team and the NFL, which would mean the Raiders would not be able to play one last season in the O.Co Coliseum, the stadium they've called home for 38 years. They're hoping to recover damages from what the City calls the "Raiders' illegal move to Las Vegas."
There are several cities the team is looking at, including San Antonio, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. Reports say that Levi Stadium, where the 49ers play, is also a viable option. However, Raiders' owner Mark Davis says that's his last choice.
There are a few reasons why State Farm Stadium and Glendale might appeal to the Raiders. There are natural grass and a retractable roof, plus it's in close proximity to their new home in Sin City.
However, people who live in Glendale aren't thrilled about the idea.
"It might be time to move. That's gonna be traffic every weekend, and then you think about going into the holidays with the outlets, that's just a complete disaster," Julissa Dufault said.
"If I'm not going to a game, I kind of find traffic the traffic annoying," Mike Toerpe said. "Like the (Loop) 101 gets so jammed up, and then the (Interstate) 10 gets jammed up and if that's going to happen every single Sunday, it's gonna suck."
The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority declined to comment.
The Arizona Cardinals did not return inquiries related to the possibility.
The Glendale City Manager, Kevin Phelps, released a statement:
“While we haven’t analyzed what the impact would be to the region, what we do know is that every event held in State Farm Stadium is good for the local economy. If the Cardinals decide it is in their best interest to facilitate another team playing in the stadium, Glendale will be both excited and supportive."