Mark Davis continues to eye 58, 000 seat stadium in Oakland, refuses stadium share with 49ers

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Davis is continuing to make it clear that he wants to stay in Oakland.

“Oakland is absolutely where we would prefer to get something done,” Davis told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com.  “And it would be on that specific site.  There’s definitely issues that go along with that.  We’ve been meeting with the city and the county.  We just had another meeting this last week.  There’s still some big, big questions that we have to get answered by both sides.  Both sides are trying.  Whether there’s a sense of urgency or not?  I know there is on our side.  We have to find out how urgent on their side.  The picture that’s been drawn is there.  We know what needs to get done.  It’s just whether it’s going to be able to be done.”

Whether it gets done or not is obviously a massive if, but Mark Davis is still keeping modest when talking stadium size. Saying 58, 000 (including club seats) is the ideal capacity for a potential Oakland Coliseum 2.o.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that a 53,000-seat stadium, that we played in from the ’60s and all that, is basically what our market is,” Davis said.  “We’re not an 80,000-seat stadium, we’re not a 65,000-seat stadium, really, unless you’re winning every game and all that stuff.  But those aren’t the hardcore fans that are there . . . for us the 53,000–seat stadium is good and maybe 5,000 club seats bring it up to 58,000 seats.”

The size preference is one of the main reasons Davis doesn’t want to share a stadium with the 49ers. He also doesn’t want to be a tenant of another team’s stadium.

“It’s out of the picture,” Davis said, “and again I’ve used this analogy of the Jets and the Giants in the old Meadowlands.  The Niners, I can’t say good enough things on what they’ve done.  They’ve got a stadium, they’re building it in California.  They got it done.  They’re doing a 68,000-seat stadium that’s going to be red and gold.  They’re going to have the Joe Montana hotel across the street.  They’re going to have their bricks and all that stuff.  That’s not a Raider stadium.  And for us, for me, I want the Raiders to have something that’s a legacy to my father and to the Raider brand.  If in fact we’re able to get a stadium built, it will probably be the last one of my lifetime . . . so I want it to be great and I want it to be the Raiders.”

Mark Davis is a smart man who is going to eventually get his football stadium. He also knows how important a legacy is, especially the legacy of the Raiders. That legacy is pulling him to stay in Oakland, but until a deal is done nothing is close to being settled in this ongoing saga. For now those in Oakland can breathe easy knowing they are the favorites.

Topics: Mark Davis, NFL, O.co Coliseum, Oakland Raiders, Stadium, Stadium News

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  • phil s

    Mr. Davis, I know you love Oakland I know it is the real home of the Raiders but sir if the city doesn’t show their support or commit to the Raiders soon then it is best to take the team some place else. I am a fan have been and always will be doesn’t matter where they go. The city is failing its community but that does not mean you have to fail on the fans.. I know you will do what is best for the team I just hope all of the other hard core Raider fans understand when you decide to do whatever you do.. go Raiders

  • Scoobz

    I’m a real DIE HARD Oakland Raiders fan that lives in the Bay Area and I want to be able to be close to my team. I can’t tailgate with my family in LA. If you were really a die hard fan you would want them to stay no matter what. It tears me up knowing they could possibly leave. They are The Oakland Raiders and that’s how it very well should be.

  • phil s

    I completely understand were you are coming from I just hate that the city officials have done such a bad job and seem to openly care less about the team staying or going. I just want to see the team succeed. Go Raiders

  • Chris Fry-Lopez

    It’s Raiders spirit week in the city of Oakland. Willie Brown & Fred Biletnikoff came & spoke @ Oakland city hall on Monday, city employees are wearing Silver @ Black this week. There’s a Raiders flag hanging from city hall. All County Buses say “Go Raiders” on their marquees . Oakland is still paying $10mill a year for the deal that brought them back to Oakland @ has paid $5 million for the IER & stadium planning. Sometimes city council members Kaplin & Reed wear Raiders hats to meetings! & The untarped sections of the 3rd deck have sold out for the season. OAKLAND LOVES THE OAKLAND RAIDERS!

  • James K

    In my ( Raider) heart I want them to stay in Oakland. In fact I want the Raiders to somehow leverage an entire complex rivaling the 49-er park right where they play now.
    Am I confident in the city and county to somehow pull private interest in to accomplish this? No, based on a scandalous history of inept politicians .
    But please please prove me wrong this time and build an amazing Multi-use super complex and try to keep at least one of your three teams in Oakland.