The fanfare trumpeting the Raiders' decision to remain in Los Angeles might be tempered by at least one caveat: Where will they and USC play home games in 1992?
That becomes a salient question as reconstruction of the 67-year-old Coliseum is expected to take at least a year, officials said. The Raiders and Trojans must find alternate sites for the 1992 season, and must do so quickly.
That part of the complicated agreement has not been determined, representatives of USC and the stadiums said Tuesday.
But a number of scenarios have developed. The most prominent has the Raiders playing at Dodger Stadium and USC at Anaheim Stadium. The Rose Bowl is another possibility. But USC, for one, only wants to play in Pasadena on New Year's Day.
Officials of the Dodgers and the city of Pasadena said they have not been contacted about possible tenants. Mike McGee, USC's athletic director, said he has held preliminary discussions with Anaheim officials, but wants to explore other sites as well.
Although this aspect of keeping the Raiders happily in Los Angeles is considered to be minor, it presents a litany of problems.
The Dodgers have rarely shared Dodger Stadium and might not be willing to start in 1992. Mike Williams, a Dodger spokesman, said the team has never said it would allow the Raiders--even for one season.
Pasadena officials are guided by a city ordinance that limits the Rose Bowl to 12 events annually. UCLA's football team plays up to six home games a season. The Rose Bowl also plays host to a fireworks show, a community benefit concert, two motocross events and the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day.
"It would take a change in city policy to allow another team in," said Greg Asbury, general manager of the facility.
Asbury said city officials will listen to proposals from either the Raiders or USC if presented. "So far, we've had no discussions with anybody about this," he said.
Asbury said it would be difficult to hold two football games a weekend. He said the main concerns deal with the impact on surrounding neighborhoods and its primary tenant, UCLA.
The Bruins' contract with Pasadena allows them some control over the condition of the playing field. Furthermore, college schedules are already made for 1992. USC's McGee said it would be difficult to rearrange them.
Peter Dalis, UCLA's athletic director, said his school would not protest if the Raiders or USC shared the Rose Bowl for a year. UCLA once shared the Coliseum with USC and the Rams.
"I am merely a tenant of the facility; it's up to the city of Pasadena," Dalis said. "We have a most favored nations clause that if someone comes in there and gets a better deal than us, then obviously we have to be treated similarly. But that's it."
In Anaheim, the situation becomes more complicated.
Choice of dates is determined by seniority, said Greg Smith, stadium general manager. The Angels have first choice, the Rams second.
Neither professional team has its 1992 schedule established, whereas USC does.
Smith said it would not be impossible, but would require the Angels' cooperation, to add a temporary tenant. If the Angels were to win their division, and then advance to the World Series, scheduling problems would increase.
Otherwise, scheduling would be difficult for only two USC home dates--a Sept. 26 opening that has not been filled and an Oct. 3 game against Oregon.
But for a season, Smith is optimistic either USC or the Raiders could be accommodated. He said the city anticipates a revenue of $200,000 to $250,000 per game for either team.
Larry Smith, USC coach, said he hopes school officials can agree on one facility, wherever it is. "We just have to be able to handle the inconvenience for one year and not worry about it," he said.
McGee said it is a temporary situation that must be endured for the long-term benefits of a renovated Coliseum. "We're talking about tens of millions of dollars to renovate the facility and making it truly a state-of-the-art facility," McGee said. "It will require some sacrifices."
Football teams are not the only users who will be affected.
The Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group has two motocross events at the Coliseum that draw about 45,000 fans apiece. Rock concerts, soccer matches and special events such as Nelson Mandela's speech also have been scheduled there.
Denis Bourdon, director of sponsor sales with Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group, said his organization could forgo the motocross races for one season.
Times staff writer Jerry Crowe contributed to this story.