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Coliseum City could keep Raiders in Oakland

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Yes, the Raiders have a bye week.  But they haven’t been forgotten, thanks to some developments this week regarding their effort to build a new stadium.

That new stadium could be built in Oakland, as part of the so-called “Coliseum City.”  On Tuesday, Oakland City Council voted to approve the addition of multiple potential investors.  On Wednesday, owner Mark Davis expressed optimism about the project.

“I want to see what happens from here, but maybe it’s a ray of hope and sunshine,” Davis told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.  “That was a positive step last night.”

Davis downplayed his recent decision to tour a possible stadium site in Concord, California.

“I looked at it,” Davis said.  “It’s there.  It’s a possibility.  But I absolutely love the site we’re on now.

“If in fact we get something done in the Bay Area, I think it’s going to be on that [Coliseum] site.  That’s what I’m pushing for.”

If Coliseum City doesn’t work — and it’s way too early to know whether it will — the only alternative could be relocation.

“Concord was a suggestion by somebody, that I should take a look, so I took a look at it,” Davis said.  “It wasn’t a leverage thing — [I] don’t do that kind of stuff. It was to gather information. . . .  We’ve got to get something done, we really do.  And we will.”

They need to.  The current stadium is outdated, it’s shared with the A’s, and it has a recurring sewage problem.

Other than that, it’s perfect.

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19 Responses to “Coliseum City could keep Raiders in Oakland”
  1. latinlover11 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:00 PM

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they eventually move back to LA.

  2. hankstramjr says: Oct 19, 2013 11:07 PM

    I’m from KC and of course, I hate the Raiders. That said, I hope the Raiders will always remain in Oakland.

  3. vegasgreek says: Oct 19, 2013 11:35 PM

    JUST MOVE BACK TO LA BABY !

  4. citynative says: Oct 19, 2013 11:43 PM

    The A’s want to go to San Jose and the Warriors are moving to SF. It makes total sense for this project to house all 3 to commence.

  5. briang123 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:43 PM

    Doesn’t matter where they play. Most of their fans are in jail anyway and can’t go.

  6. chuckie201 says: Oct 19, 2013 11:57 PM

    LA needs a team and the Raiders have roots in the city. Bring the Raiders to LA!

  7. xgarcia22 says: Oct 20, 2013 1:02 AM

    L.A. “Super” Chargers, time to “Bolt Up!”

  8. si1m says: Oct 20, 2013 1:25 AM

    the Raiders stadium looks like one of those high school gyms where they pull the folding bleachers out from the wall. If you look at old NFL footage you see a lot of that. And yet its 2013 and still the Raiders play in the most half-assed dump imaginable.

  9. raiderssf says: Oct 20, 2013 2:41 AM

    So the Raiders are on the cusp of having a quarterback to build around, a coach they are not going to fire, no more legacy over paid players, a crapload of salary cap room next year and now possibly a new football stadium in Oakland? As a Raider fan/season ticket holder, I approve of this new direction.

  10. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2013 5:11 AM

    The Raiders are a truly global brand and while it would be nice if they stayed in Oakland, they could move anywhere, and they’d still be the Raiders.

  11. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Oct 20, 2013 7:42 AM

    Worst stadium in the league by far and the fans still go. Oakland will keep the Raiders. How does L.A. Chargers sound? L.A. Vikings?

  12. megaroad1 says: Oct 20, 2013 8:23 AM

    The Coliseum City plan will probably fail due to the A’s & Warriors owners single mindedness in leaving Oakland. They’re not event talking to the city. Only the Raiders want to stay, but that not might be enough for the private developers to make a profit on the project.

  13. oaktowngreek says: Oct 20, 2013 3:04 PM

    I remember the Raiders in LA. They were the one of the most pristine franchises in all of sports yet in SoCal they were a laughing stock and considered a freak show. I went to a game where there were maybe 30,000 there and by halftime 1/3 of them were either passed out or arrested. The ONLY city where the great Raiders and their fans are accepted and welcomed is their real and only home, Oakland.
    Mr. Davis, Mayor Quan, please dont screw this up.

  14. denden9200 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:05 PM

    Keep the Raiders in Oakland or send the Chargers to LA and then send the Raiders to San Diego,Raider fans already fill that stadium in December.

  15. yourmomsnewfriend says: Oct 20, 2013 6:05 PM

    The bye week is likely the most enjoyable time of the season for Raiders’ fans.

  16. onemorant says: Oct 20, 2013 7:20 PM

    The Raider’s stadium situation is terrible. It is part of what is wrong with the organization and keeps them two steps behind other organizations. But, that is the Raider’s problem. Why should the city pay any money to help fund a stadium that is used ten times a year, when the city of Oakland has so many other issues? Why should the city be held hostage by a bad football team?

  17. radrntn says: Oct 20, 2013 7:40 PM

    Time will tell…..until then Go Raiders!

  18. 4thand48 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:41 PM

    Team sucks, city is worse, they are made for each other. At least they didn’t lose this week.

  19. pillaging4fun says: Oct 21, 2013 11:22 AM

    I think its all smokescreen. These new investors would rather invest in LA than Oakland.

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