I just saw an article that the A's are asking to stay at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum for five more years. I think the Raiders issue with wanting a new stadium will reach critical mass before that time.
There are three options as we all know. Share a stadium with the 49ers in Santa Clara, build a new stadium, or move back to L.A. Being a fan who went through the move the first time, the later option is one I despise.
Why bring this up now Mallard? The NFL has offered the Raiders $200 million to help build a new stadium and now the A's may stay for another five years. To me, this limits the ability to build on the current site for five years and tear down the old stadium and use the space for parking.
Looking at the current site, the Airport spur from BART to the Airport is right on the South property line and a new stadium may fit in the south-east corner of the property, but that dang spur now puts a monkey wrench into it.
I know the City and County want to build a new stadium and have an elaborate plan, but again will the stadium need reach critical mass before that happens, if ever. The defunct Redevelopment Authority still has land, but I don't know where that is in relation to the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. Maybe somebody else knows. If the Raiders get land for free and fees are waved could help too. Possibly MAK was correct and Stock Shares could be sold to help finance a new stadium too.
What you all think? I keep using the term critical mass, because I think needing a new stadium will not go on for another five years before a decision is made.