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L.A. MAYOR RIORDAN SAYS HE'LL FIGHT RAIDER MOVE TO INGLEWOOD
Published December 22, 1994
L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan said Wednesday he will fight an effort to lure the Raiders to a new 65,000-seat stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA, and concentrate on improving the L.A. Coliseum. While acknowledging that the possibility of a new stadium in L.A. is not likely, Riordan thinks the Coliseum can be a competitive venue: "I'm not going to give up on the Coliseum. ... With all of the environmental and other problems, it's hard to think of another really good site in the City of Los Angeles." Riordan said the city could improve the Coliseum site with "renovation, the addition of luxury boxes and improved safety in Exposition Park." Riordan brokered the deal to keep the Raiders at the Coliseum in 1991, and thinks the Coliseum Commission needs to prove to the NFL and Al Davis that the promised upgrades will be delivered: "They have an open mind. They haven't said no. But they effectively keep saying 'show me.' And we think we can show them." NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello said the league thinks "their is still a chance the Coliseum can be improved," but is still looking at possibilities for a new stadium. Aiello: "We haven't ruled out anything and we'll continue to talk to Mayor Riordan on these issues as we continue to try to see a new stadium built in Los Angeles or a stadium that meets the needs of the teams." Hollywood Park Inc. board member Harry Ornest: "The mayor and other politicians aligned with the Coliseum are desperate. ... The whole world knows that Raiders attendance is adversely affected because of the outmodeled, ill-placed Coliseum" (Mark Katches, L.A. DAILY NEWS, 12/22).