Mark Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, confirmed visiting with San Antonio officials about relocating his team to that area.
Davis said he met with former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros, then-mayor Julian Castro, city manager Sheryl Sculley, Mario Hernandez of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and the president and chairman of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in mid-July.
"I was asked to meet two weeks ago with the owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, and members of his staff," Sculley said in a statement to City Council. "Mr. Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio and we are engaged in preliminary due diligence. The agenda for this visit included a tour of the Alamodome and meetings with local business leaders."
Any NFL team seeking relocation needs the approval of 24 of the league's 32 owners.
NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello said Tuesday that the NFL "received no applications from any of our teams to relocate at this point, so there is nothing for us to respond to."
Davis was in San Antonio to see Cliff Branch inducted into a local Hall of Fame, according to the Raiders' team website.
The desire for a new stadium with seating for at least 50,000 at the site of antiquated o.Co Coliseum appears to be a longshot, and it's expected that spurred Davis to look at alternatives. He bristled at commissioner Roger Goodell's idea of sharing Levi's Stadium with the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara and has also looked at Portland, Ore., as an option.
Cisneros told MySanAntonio.com the door is open to the Raiders.
"I didn't press that point, but we want to give him things to think about and options should he need to make a decision," he said.