Not so fast on the Raiders exiting Napa not long after they leave Oakland.
Raiders owner Mark Davis told reporters Sunday that bolting on their training camp home since 1996 and relocating in their soon-to-be home state isn’t necessarily the plan.
“I love it here,” Davis told local reporters after filming two interviews with Nevada-based television stations. “I have no problem with it, and it makes sense. No matter where we go, we’ll have to fly to Las Vegas from training camp. If we were to go to Reno, or anywhere else in the world to train, we would still have to fly there. Then, why not just fly from here?”
Reno and Lake Tahoe have both been mentioned as potential training camp sites, although the altitude at Lake Tahoe is problematic.
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It’s not unusual for an NFL team to train in a different state than the one they play in. The Dallas Cowboys, for example, train in Oxnard in Southern California.
The Raiders have an option to remain in Napa next season and Davis said they will “almost for sure” exercise that option for next season. Any future years in Napa would have to be negotiated.
There’s also the matter of other teams being interested. One could be the Los Angeles Rams, who will get a first-hand look at the Napa site when hold joint practices with the Raiders on Aug. 7 and 8.
The Raiders’ new stadium in Las Vegas is expected to be ready for the 2020 season.