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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL is expected to announce the exhibition schedule in three weeks, but there are indications the 49ers and Raiders will meet this year only during the regular season.
Teams from the NFC West will face the AFC West during the regular season. The 49ers are scheduled to visit the Raiders. Dates and times for regular-season games will be announced in April.
The 49ers have not played the Raiders during the exhibition season since violence erupted during and after their August 2011 meeting at Candlestick Park. The teams are not expected to meet in the 49ers’ first season at Levi’s Stadium, either.
The 49ers’ new Santa Clara stadium will officially open for business on Aug. 3 for a Major League Soccer match: San Jose Earthquakes against Seattle Sounders FC.
The 49ers are expected to open the exhibition season on the road a week later before playing games in back-to-back weeks at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers will close the exhibition schedule on the road Thursday, Aug. 28. The opponents are not known, but there was a strong sense at the NFL owners meetings that the Raiders and 49ers will not be meet during the preseason.
The 49ers are set to open the NFL regular season on the road before playing host to their regular-season opener at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 11. The 49ers’ first regular-season home game is expected to be a prime-time affair on NBC.
During the first season at Levi’s Stadium, the 49ers will not play any Monday night games at home due to the first-year traffic and parking complications from hosting weekday games. However, the 49ers are in play for a home Thanksgiving night game.