Athletics, Raiders have different vision for O.co Coliseum

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Oakland Athletics and the Raiders have different vision for O.co Coliseum, the lone facility shared by a Major League Baseball club and a National Football League squad.

The Athletics are working on a 10-year lease to stay at the Coliseum but the Raiders want the aging structure demolished in 2015 to make room for a new home.

A newspaper report said that the coliseum’s demolition was discussed in a memo to Oakland mayor Jean Quan “from planners of the city-backed Coliseum City sports-retail project.

The so-called Coliseum City project would include a hotel, restaurants, housing and stores as part of a revitalization project.

The talks stunned officials of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, which recently reached an agreement to keep the A’s in the existing ballpark for a decade.

With the Athletics’ desire to move south to San Jose well-known, Raiders owner Mark Davis has said that he wants the Coliseum area for his team, but he could envision two new stadiums on the site — one for the A’s and one for the Raiders.

In a July 2 memo to Quan and City Administrator Henry Gardner, Coliseum City attorney Zachary Wasserman said it will be critical to demolish the existing stadium in 2015 if the project is to be finished in 2018.

Wasserman added that the Raiders “are making arrangements to play elsewhere,” without specifying where, exactly.

The stadium is actually controlled by the Coliseum Authority, whose chairman is Nate Miley, who is also the county supervisor.

The Raiders left Oakland for Los Angeles in 1982 and returned in 1995 after the city and county taxpayers paid for the Coliseum’s refurbishment.

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