A sellout crowd of nearly 1,000 is expected Friday night when several high-profile 49ers and Raiders, including Aldon Smith and Darren McFadden, face off in a charity basketball game at California High School in San Ramon.
Albeit a fund-raiser, this will be the first Bay Area sporting event pitting 49ers and Raiders since a 2011 exhibition at Candlestick Park, where fights erupted in the stands and shootings occurred in the parking lot. That chaos prompted the 49ers and Raiders to cease their exhibition series.
Among the 49ers expected to show, according to game organizer Mike Bigasan, are: Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, Bruce Ellington, Perrish Cox, Chuck Jacobs, Tramaine Brock, Brandon Lloyd, Kassim Osgood and Ian Williams, who won't play because of a surgically repaired ankle.
The Raiders' team is set to include McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew, DJ Hayden, Denarius Moore, Taiwan Jones, Tyvon Branch, Latavius Murray, Tarell Brown, Brice Butler, Sio Moore, Donald Penn and Greg Little.
Those rosters likely could change because of player availability. Johnson missed 49ers practice time last week with an unspecified injury, and Hayden did not practice Monday with the Raiders because of an ankle ailment.
Bigasan said a strong security presence will be handled by a combination of the San Ramon Police Department, 49ers security and private security guards. California High athletics director Arley Hill confirmed those security plans, adding that fans will undergo similar screening at NFL games in terms of bag searches and wanding every entrant.
"They're going for the friendly spirit of the game, and to support the fund-raiser and community," Bigasan said of the 49ers and Raiders participating. The event was organized in just the past 1 1/2 months.
Although the 49ers-Raiders exhibition series is on hiatus, the teams will meet this regular season in Oakland on Dec. 7.
The game is slated to take place from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets had to have been bought in advance and not at the door; limited $25 seats remained as of Tuesday afternoon.
Beneficiaries from the nearly sold-out game are the San Leandro/Hayward Boys and Girls Club, the Taiwan Jones Foundation, the Aldon Smith Foundation, Union City Soccer Club, the Tyvon Branch Foundation, Underprivileged After School Programs in Oakland, and Cal High athletics.