At the moment the Oakland Raiders are the lone of the city’s three professional sports franchises with designs on remaining in their current locale. The A’s are as good as gone and the Warriors are talking about a move to The City.
Thus something has to be done in order to ensure the Raiders aren’t tempted to make another move to SoCal where a new football stadium awaits in Downtown Los Angeles. So taking a page from the L.A. Live complex where Farmer’s Field is slated to be constructed at some point in the future, the Coliseum Authority has committed $1-million towards a study on how best to renovate the area where the Raiders are housed in hopes of building a sports and entertainment district.
It’s a step in the right direction but at this point it’s only window dressing.
The Raiders desperately need a more modern stadium that they won’t have to share with other tenants. The city of Oakland itself needs a new hub of commerce as well. However the hurdles are many not the least of which is a city budget crisis resulting in layoffs of the local police force.
In short it’s going to take much more than a study of how best to renovate the area. It’s going to take a lot of private funding and plenty of heavy lifting to keep the Raiders in their rightful home.