Oakland Raiders: Stadium Proposal By Just Blog Baby’s Shane Schilperoort

Opening day in Oakland

Taken by Shane Schilperoort

Before I begin my arguments about a new stadium for the Oakland Raiders in or around the City of Oakland, CA, I just want everybody to know that I am not a planning expert or a money expert.  I don’t claim to know all the ins and outs of making a deal for a new stadium.  However, I just feel that a realistic opinion about the building of a new stadium should be heard.  This is the opinion I hold true to. 

I believe that Education is the key to unlock so many doors in life, and it should not be lost for any reason, but it takes revenue to generate programs that benefit education.  The following opinion was based solely on articles I have read about the planning of a new Oakland Raiders stadium, history and profiles about Mayor Jean Quan, the proposal presented to Mayor Quan by Raiders owner Mark Davis, crime reports out of the City of Oakland, and articles dealing with the publics concern for educational programs that would ultimately benefit the City of Oakland.  Here are my opinions and arguments:

 

The Mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan, shows up late to a meeting with one of the most powerful organizations in the world, the NFL, and Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis.  She claimed that she was late due to a phone call.  The message this sends to the NFL and Owner Mark Davis is that she doesn’t care whether or not the Raiders get a new stadium, and she doesn’t care if a sports team remains within the city limits of Oakland, CA.

Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans pose during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fans pose during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Well Raider Nation, I’m here to tell you that she is not thinking this all the way through.  First, let’s focus on the issues at hand in Oakland, CA.  The two main issues facing the City of Oakland are its crime and education problems.  Mayor Quan has been criticized by her constituents, because they feel that she is not doing anything to combat the rising crime rate.  Furthermore, Quan used to sit on the Oakland School Board, a position that helped to get her elected, and she has failed the community by not focusing on cleaning up the schools.  Education seems to be one of the biggest issues facing the City of Oakland.  Many parents and community officials complain about the cost of a new stadium.  Their contention is that it would take vital money away from improving the education programs or programs in place to clean up Oakland City Schools.

Initially, their fears of education money being diverted to fund the stadium would in fact occur.  However, the big picture would be revenue generated in the City of Oakland from fans attending the game, and from events that would take place at the new stadium.  Not to mention, ticket prices would be increased to pay back the money that was given by the City of Oakland to begin building the stadium.

Another huge positive for the City of Oakland would be the jobs created to build a new stadium.  As workers would come from near and far to be a part of this process, revenue would increase in the City of Oakland.  Job workers must eat, buy tools, buy new clothes, pay for entertainment, etc…  Most of the time, these workers aren’t going to stray very far from where they are working.  Therefore, the local economy would increase during the building of the stadium.  With the increase in local economy, local jobs would become available, and there would be an increase in the programs available to city schools and added police presence due to the revenue being generated.

Petco Stadium getting ready for the baseball season.

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Moreover, new businesses would open in Oakland, CA, in anticipation of the revenue that would come with the new stadium, and this would create more jobs and money for the City of Oakland.  The educational system would benefit from the increased local economy.  An example of this exact scenario is only about 600 miles away in San Diego, CA.  I use this as an example, because I used to live in San Diego, CA, when I was in the United States Navy.  The downtown complexes in San Diego were run down, homeless people thrived along the streets, and the crime rate was up in the downtown area.  What happened, well, a new baseball stadium (Petco Park) was built for the San Diego Padres, and the entire process from start to finish cleaned up the downtown area.  Downtown San Diego received a complete makeover, and revenue has increased immensely.  New jobs, new businesses, new hotels, renovated plaza’s, etc…  Who benefited?  The City of San Diego and all its programs along with it.

The point I’m trying to get across here is simple, a new stadium has its headaches, but the ultimate goal is to benefit the team and the city it will be located within.  If the City of Oakland and its residents want improvement, then this is a way to begin an improvement process.  Nothing happens overnight, and instant gratification is not a realistic solution to the problems facing Oakland.  Revenue must be generated before educational programs can be paid for or police presence can be increased.  Ultimately, the goal of the Oakland Raiders desire to acquire a new stadium in the near future will be beneficial to the community of Oakland, CA.  If the City of Oakland loses its sports teams (Oakland Raiders, Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors), the revenue that was generated by these organizations leave with the organizations.

There will be no more professional athletes appearing at City Schools to encourage the children to work hard and improve their education.  There will be no more professional athletes donating money to school programs or local programs that benefit the community.  Jobs will be lost.  Stadiums will become desolate and businesses will no longer wish to be a part of any event related to the O.co complex or Oracle Stadium.  Is this what the City of Oakland wishes to happen?  Make no mistake, there will be a ripple effect good or bad dependent upon the decision made by the City of Oakland and its residents, community leaders, and elected officials.

I still hold true to my initial proposal of having the fans donate their hard-earned money to assist in the initial stages of the building process.  If you haven’t already read the article, see this link:

http://justblogbaby.com/2013/06/23/new-stadium-for-oakland-raiders/

My initial thoughts on a kick-start to the building of a new stadium is outlined in the article, and it brings up some good points.  Furthermore, there were some excellent comments made by readers that really get a person thinking that this could happen.  If any of Raider Nation out there have some friends on the City of Oakland Planning Committee, this might be something that could be proposed to them.  We, the fans, have a voice, and it is a voice that should be heard.

Topics: City Of Oakland, Mark Davis, Mayor Jean Quan, NFL, Oakland Raiders

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  • Chris Fry-Lopez

    Chris Fry-Lopez Save Oakland Sports is having a meeting tonight Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill @ 6pm. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
    is expected as well as Oakland Raiders executive Tom Blanda. Any who
    wants the Oakland Raiders or Oakland A’s to remain in Oakland is
    invited. Part of the goal is to help the Raiders & A’s get state of
    the art stadiums in Oakland.

  • Bob

    If Oakland wants to revitalize downtown, then build a new stadium at Jack London Square. That would help revitalize from the 12th Street BART station to Jack London Square.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    This is one of the proposals that are in place. I think that would be a great place for a new stadium. Like you said, it would revitalize from the 12th Street BART to JLS. Good on you!

  • Bob

    I think sometimes the proposal at the current site with the hotels and such has too many moving parts to get done quickly.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I agree. This is more than likely one of the biggest hang-ups.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    If anyone can make it out there tonight, do so, and show your support for the Oakland Raiders!

  • Phil Mokate

    Shane, those are absolutely truthful statements and if I could I would havebeen by your side! Jean needs to hear exactly what you just wrote! Maybe there is a chair on the board for you. Im out of state now. Do it for the Nation and give her all those ideas you just outlined! PLEASE! Make a difference. I signed Vaders petition but we need more!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    If only I lived in the Bay Area where I could have gone. I have three children in my house, and I am tied to their schooling, homework, dinner, etc… I do my darndest to get to events involving the Raiders, but it doesn’t always work in my favor.

  • rioderek

    Most of what you said is very true. I also used to live in both Oakland and San Diego. I also recall how terrible downtown SD was once. It was once nothing but drug addicts, x-rated movie theaters and pawnshops. They subsequently turned that area into the best downtown district in this state. The area’s loaded with first class hotels, nightlife galore, shopping, restaurants art galleries,and assorted tourist venues. I’ve always wondered why the leaders in Oakland never tried duplicating what was done in SD.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you for sharing. I definitely recall the downtown San Diego you spoke of. I attended a Padres VS. Rockies game in the new stadium in 2007, and I was amazed at how much it had changed. I didn’t recognize the place. Truly, Oakland could use a face lift, and it could begin by building something worth while, like a new football stadium, in the downtown Oakland Area.

  • Mark from Section 122

    The bottom line ($$) is the main consideration for anything like this. Mark Davis and the Oakland Raiders are ideally poised to make a bold move if they could just get past some of the myopic tendencies of whoever is in charge. I’m talking Andrew Carnegie style. The Raiders have an international brand, an ideally located undeveloped area full of large commercial parcels, a blighted city sadly in need of urban renewal, and fate has progress pointed in their direction with the likes of the California High Speed Rail Project. Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2 hours and 17 minutes, less time than I spend driving to the games from just north of Sacramento now. Oh, and did I mention Los Angeles has another built in fan base due to an unpopular business move made by Mr. Davis’ father? Not to mention the fact LA and its surrounds doesn’t have a NFL team. The high speed rail won’t only serve LA, but everything in between. Jump on the band wagon now! Grab an opportunity to mass move people from San Diego (also a huge Raider fan base), the LA Area, Bakersfield, Fresno, and all points in between. If the Raiders would look past the mayor of Oakland and just football, and begin aligning themselves with some financiers, they could begin planning a sports venue with an expandable football coliseum as its centerpiece. Use other investors by appealing to their interests and bottom lines as incentives to achieve our goal of a world class stadium. Sure, as Mark Davis has been convinced, presently 63,000 is his market capacity unless they start winning, (OR open up a huge market with new bunch of new and existing fans that could get there quickly), but what if you plan a project that would include hoteliers, expanding the Oakland International (and I use that term loosely) Airport, federal monies to tie into the high speed rail project, business people interested in opportunities to place restaurants, large chain stores, nightclubs, tourist shops, entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, and present a bold proposal……How about taking over the old Alameda Naval Air Station yard, (The military has been getting private business in places like Mare Island Mather AFB and McClelland Field, but not yet on the scale I’m proposing) and building an entertainment venue that would accommodate multiple projects and if done properly draw billions of dollars of outside funding, plus cooperation from the state and federal government, talk about a stimulus plan! Think large, Place an expandable football stadium at the center, surround it with a soccer field, a track and field event area, incorporate a concert venue, invite the Oakland A’s, the NHL, pro Soccer, Arena Football, and the NBA to come to the table. How about NASCAR? Get some big money involved by including a cultural center at the concert venue for symphony, ballet, opera, art and things that will draw folks from all over the bay as well. Surround the entire venue with shops, hotels, restaurants, nightlife clubs, waterfront tourist areas, and open tracts for development. Plan how to tie into the freeway system, high speed rail, metro, existing rail and BART. Consider incorporating an independent venue transportation system. Hell, plan an event area that could someday vie for a bid for the Olympics. Something like this would put Oakland on the map and give the city a real identity, instead of that town across the bay from San Francisco. The Fruitvale Bridge sure wouldn’t accommodate the traffic so there would have to be some construction across the Oakland Inner Harbor if you did use the old Alameda Naval Air Station, but again, if you think on the proper scale, get enough of the right people together with the money, foresight, and opportunities present, you can move mountains. You could build this thing anywhere. To hell with the tardy mayor at this point, gather the big dogs with the cash and the vision, plan on a large scale, and then dangle that carrot to the mayor. Put in a world class venue and you will get world class results. Walt Disney did something similar all by himself and look what happened. If you build it they will come.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    This just in, Mark Taylor for Mayor in Oakland, CA. Wow. Or maybe you should be on the planning commission, or on the Oakland Raiders staff as an advisor to Mark Davis. Great comments.