November 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; General view of Coliseum during the third quarter between the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans. The Titans defeated the Raiders 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

New Football Stadium makes sense for the Oakland Raiders

Let’s face it, this is a subject that will be discussed heavily until it reaches the final decision.  I have had my own opinions about the building of a new stadium within the city limits of Oakland, CA.  To me, a new football stadium makes sense for the Oakland Raiders, and it makes sense for the City of Oakland.

The biggest problem is the mindset of Mayor Jean Quan and her staff.  Simply put, they are thinking with a one track mind.  The City of Oakland doesn’t want to fork out any money to help build a new facility.  As a matter of fact, Mayor Quan has stated several times that she doesn’t want to take any money away from Education or Crime Prevention.  She needs to look at it from a different angle.

Again, a new stadium project will generate revenue that will benefit the City of Oakland.  Not just the business owners or politicians, but it will benefit the City of Oakland’s improvement programs geared toward Education and Crime Prevention.  This is a subject that I touched on in June of 2013 and again in September of 2013.  See both articles attached below for my full opinion:

With new reports out now about Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis offering up $400 million dollars of his money to assist in the building process, this should help to sway the decision in favor of a new stadium in Oakland, CA.  Not to mention the fact that the NFL has already stated they would provide $200 million dollars to the City of Oakland in order to facilitate this deal (September of 2013 meeting between Mayor Quan, Owner Mark Davis, and the NFL).

Now, Mayor Quan is staring at an offer of $600 million dollars from the Oakland Raiders and the NFL.  A new stadium complex will cost anywhere from $1 billion dollars up to $5 billion dollars (depending on whether or not a new baseball and basketball stadium are included), but this should show Mayor Quan that the Raiders, and the NFL, would like to stay in Oakland.

I haven’t even touched on the possibility of Raider Nation getting involved to help donate to the cause as well (see June article above), but that is a possibility we can set aside and table for later.  Although, there will always be a large contingency of Raider Nation who will be the builders/workers on the project itself.  For, Raider Nation is blue-collar, and we all work for a living in some capacity.  Yet, we love our team and will do what it takes to get it done.

Where does this leave us/the team/the City of Oakland?  Quite frankly, and stated by Owner Mark Davis himself, in the 11th hour.  Waiting, that’s what this deal is doing.  It’s waiting to get done.  People are dragging their feet, and it’s time for them to start walking in the right direction.

Along with the money provided by the Oakland Raiders and the NFL, there are also financial backers willing to provide their own money to help create a new atmosphere in the City of Oakland.  A new atmosphere that would be generated should a stadium deal be reached.  The money is there Mayor Quan, do something about it!  It just makes sense to build a new stadium in the City of Oakland, and that’s all that needs to be said.

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  • raidernation

    Im in L.A. and as much I would love to have them here., they are from Oakland its origins …they belong there . Its nice to plan a trip to Oakland for a game … Raider Nation … time is ticking… on the 11th hour…

  • Kevin Loewke

    Amen. Get something done in Oakland please Quan

  • Bob

    Somebody needs to jump start this. I think as long as Carol Davis is alive thre is pressure to keep the Raiders in Oakland.

  • Mark Shafer

    I just don’t understand the city of Oakland. They don’t seem to care if all there sports franchises just pack up and leave. The loss of all the income that these sports franchises bring to the local economy would really scare me if I was on the city council.
    The city of Oakland get a seat tax ( which I don’t know the amount ), a hotel tax ( I think it is $ 14 ), and I believe a portion of the parking.
    I live in Orange County and have season tickets. The last three years I have attended 17 games in Oakland ( one in San Diego which we won. ). Every game I attend the before mentioned taxes go to the city, along with the the local businesses that I frequent pay taxes also.
    Personally I hope the Raiders stay in Oakland, but I am not sure there elected officials really care. Lobbing Mark Davis is a wasted effort. The city council in Oakland is the road block.
    I enjoy my weekends in Raider Country, except that CHP in the Merced area. Where ever my Raiders land I will be there.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Any suggestions? I’m open for being the “Jump-Starter,” but how would you approach it. The only thing I can do right now is write and make suggestions to certain Raiders Executives. That might help, but in the end we’re in the same boat, waiting…

  • Bob

    I dunno. John Q Public just does not have the clout when we are talking $400M. Ice Cube?

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Well, what would be the best way to get Ice Cube’s attention? It would be awesome to get that voice for the Raiders. I’ve tried on Twitter, but not really sure if it is actually Ice Cube or just one of his hired Twitter Account Handlers.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Maybe you should slow down through Merced, LOL… Just a thought. As a matter of fact, I spent a year working out of that office as a CHP. There’s a lot of places to hide, I’m just saying. I don’t know where we, the fans, can go from here. It’s hard to have a voice when “Politicians” don’t want to listen to reason, but we have to try something.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Time is definitely ticking…

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Get Er Done!

  • Bob
  • Mark Shafer

    There is one spot that is about 300 to 400 yards off the freeway by a overpass. They see me first every time. In my defense my car just wants to do 90 it’s not me!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I could try…

  • stucktrader

    Yup, if no stadium happens in Oakland… maybe LA happens the following season.

    The team is now being built with some good vets and a good draft, it seems like this is a good time to bring Mack and Carr to a big market.

  • micah

    Look at what sacramento did with the kings, that’s your blue print.

  • Raider Grant

    Raiders belong in Oak-Town! New stadium would be fitting for the new era of Raider football! Long Live Raider Nation

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I second this comment!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Sent him an email, see what happens

  • Ray

    Oakland city government is messing this all up just like they did 35 years ago when this issue first started.

  • Don

    NO, Ice Cube wants the Raiders in L.A. , he stated that on is 30/30 or something like that on espn. Plus he doesn’t have that kind of money. Dr. Dre is a billionaire now but I’m afraid he’d probably want them in L.A. As well. Too bad Hammer lost all his money.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Not asking for their money, asking for support. He, Ice Cube, claims to be the President of Raider Nation, and it’s time he contributes to the cause. The Raiders belong in Oakland.


    The money isn’t there. It’s literally that simple. Davis has alluded to the idea that the $400 million figure includes $200 million in league funding. And even if it doesn’t, $600 million isn’t even close to enough to get it done. Whether or not you like to admit it, this project or Coliseum City in general won’t get a dime from the city. And there has been a complete and total absence of corporate will to back this project. And if anything gets done to the Coliseum (even just a cheaper remodel), the A’s are gone forever (as MLBs hand would be forced by having a homeless team). And we all know the Warriors are already gone. The economics of CC make little to no sense with only a football stadium/team present. As inept as the City of Oakland is, MArk Davis is just as bad. He has shown no leadership on the stadium issue and has no desire to take the lead going forward, preferring for the public to plan and pay for it (which simply will not happen).

  • GreeneWolfe

    Godzirra! Godzirra!