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City Council President Pro Tem William Parker wants the Oakland Raiders to play in Birmingham

PRESS RELEASE                              Friday February 8, 2019

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432


BIRMINGHAM, AL – President Pro Tem William Parker has reached out to the Oakland Raiders about the possibility of the franchise playing the upcoming 2019 season at historic Legion Field.

Currently embroiled in a legal dispute with the city of Oakland, stemming from the Raiders relocating to Las Vegas in 2020, the Raiders are in search of a stadium to play their home games.

The San Francisco 49ers have declined to waive their territorial rights to allow the Raiders to play at Oracle Park. As it stands the legendary franchise is searching for a temporary home.

Parker believes that Birmingham is the perfect fit for Raider Nation.

“We’re a football town with grit. I can’t think of a better place for the Raiders to land this year. We want to make this happen,” Parker said.

He pointed to how many people in Birmingham and Alabama attend college football games on Saturdays. “If a college team in Alabama can sell out every game, can you imagine how excited they would be to have a team to cheer for on Sundays? Birmingham is ready to be a part of Raider Nation!”

The 71,500-seat stadium is currently home to the UAB Blazers football team, the Alliance of American Football team, the Birmingham Iron, the annual Magic City Classic and the ESPN’s Birmingham Bowl.

This press release is a written collaboration by Chiara Perry and Cody Owens, in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information. For more information contact Interim Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council Chiara Perry at 205-254-2036.