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.