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OAKLAND MAY LOOK TO CFL FOR SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT
Published October 14, 1994
Oakland-Almeda County Coliseum President George Vukasin said yesterday that if the A's and Warriors leave town, the facility will turn to the CFL, soccer and other entertainment to keep the Coliseum and the adjacent Oakland Coliseum Arena open. Vukasin contended the Arena can make a profit without an NBA tenant if other professional franchises are brought to Oakland: "We can keep the facility busy. Our goal is to keep the facility state- of-the-art with primary sports teams as tenants." But Alameda County Supervisor Don Perata said a CFL franchise is not an acceptable alternative to losing the A's and Warriors: "To win a CFL franchise is not winning. The CFL is just a little ahead of tractor pulls, roller blade hockey and arena football -- and with them you're just a valley town." Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris said he plans on keeping the A's and Warriors in town: "We intend to maintain our franchises and expand them. In addition to the NFL, we are talking to the CFL and are constructively engaged in conversation with the Warriors." Harris added: "We are working to keep what we have rather than work to attract something you don't have" (Gregory Lewis, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 10/14). PARKING FEES: The '95 budget approved by the Coliseum's board increased parking by $1. Starting October 25, parking rates for all Coliseum events will increase to $7 for cars, $11 for limos and $12 for buses. Vukasin: "That keeps us in line with other facilities in the area" (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, 10/13).