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Raiders To Reduce Seating Capacity By 10,000; Tarping Off Mt. Davis
Published February 7, 2013
WANTING TO STAY AT CURRENT SITE: CSNBAYAREA.com's Paul Gutierrez noted Trask "insisted the team wants to remain at the same site, albeit in a new stadium, echoing the thoughts" of Owner Mark Davis. She said, "We love that site. Our hope, our desire is a new stadium on that site. And we have stated that publicly for years." Trask added, "Now, we do need a new building. Our fans deserve a new building. The community deserves a new building. We need a new stadium." Trask said that the Raiders are "still in 'discussions' with city and county representatives about the Coliseum City idea and said the next meeting is scheduled for next week." Trask said of sharing the 49ers' new Santa Clara stadium, "We did have discussions with the 49ers. We have not had any discussions recently. We have not closed the door on that opportunity. But our focus is on this site" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 2/6). But Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s Jim Kozimor asked, “Is this a sign that they’re on the way out?" Kozimor: "Look at the tarps, lowering our prices and still can’t sell-out.” S.F.-based KGMZ-FM’s Chris Townsend said, “I know for a fact the Raiders were at a business meeting and they told somebody that they can't guarantee anything after 2013. They don't know where they're going to be” (“Chronicle Live,” CSN Bay Area, 2/6).
SHORT-TERM FIX: CSNBAYAREA.com's Ray Ratto wrote as a "spur to getting a new stadium built somewhere in the East Bay, tarping the mountain’s summit is basically putting an apron on a short-order cook." It "doesn’t make the Davis family any wealthier, it doesn’t make their search for the ideal site any clearer, and it doesn’t make the Oakland City and Alameda County governments any more generous." Ratto: "Herein lies the reason why the tarp doesn’t really matter much in the bigger picture." It "lessens the ticket-selling threshold the Raiders have to meet, which is likely a measure of the softness of the market, but that’s pretty much it. It doesn’t change the larger dynamic, which is that neither they, the governments nor the market can get a new stadium built without a dramatic change in ownership percentages." The Raiders will need to be "far more creative than just putting a new skirt on an old mannequin" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 2/6).