As the Oakland Raiders continue to try and figure out where they will play in 2019, a city councilor from Birmingham, Ala. has offered what he believes is a potential solution.
Birmingham City Councilor William Parker thinks the Raiders coming to his city is “a great marriage waiting to happen,” per Howard Koplowitz of AL.com.
Parker also took a moment to take a shot at the people in the Bay Area.
“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.”
The AAF’s Birmingham Iron are playing at Legion Field this year (and are off to a strong start this Sunday). Parker believes the stadium would also be a strong fit for the Raiders as they await their stadium in Las Vegas — set to open in 2020.
“I just think we position ourselves as a city to be a sports destination,” the councilor said. “Why not have the Raiders be a part of our Birmingham family?”
Of course, the Raiders might not be inclined to move across the country for one season — especially being a West Coast team. That being said, their options are seriously limited, as we recently detailed following news that Oracle Park was not going to be open to them.