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SBD/May 14, 2012/Facilities
Leiweke Has Pointed Comments About SMG Concerning Operation Of Oakland Complex
Published May 14, 2012
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EAST BAY FUTURE UNCERTAIN: The future of all three major league tenants in Oakland is up in the air as the authority moves forward with determining the best operator for the arena and the stadium. The A's want to build a new ballpark in San Jose and the Warriors have considered relocating to S.F. The Raiders have been mentioned as a candidate for relocation to a new stadium in L.A., as well as a potential co-tenant with the 49ers at a new stadium under construction in Santa Clara. It is ultimately up to the JPA to make the decisions required to keep those three teams in Oakland, according to Leiweke. Should the authority uphold its decision for AEG to run the sports complex, "They now have someone who builds arenas and stadiums for a living, that's sitting there with them on a daily basis, and I think it will bring a different attitude there," Leiweke said. "People that want to keep that situation the way it is, then I think they are doing a complete disservice to the teams, their fans and the community. That's not us. We think about the future. We're not going to try to defend the past."