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SBD/April 11, 2014/Facilities
Oakland Mayor Says Dubai Prince, Qatar Company Partnering On Coliseum City
Published April 11, 2014
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ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM? In Oakland, Matthew Artz reports Oakland City Council member Larry Reid on Thursday revealed that an MLB official "informed him and Quan during a meeting last week that for now the league was not interested in an alternative stadium site near Jack London Square." Reid said, "What they said to us is that (A's co-owner) Lew Wolff preferred the Coliseum. And if that's where Lew Wolff wants to go that's what Major League Baseball supports." Meanwhile, Artz notes the inclusion of Al Maktoum in the Coliseum City proposal "would appear to lend credence to the mayor's claims about the viability" of the concept. However, even with an "infusion of cash from the Middle East, Coliseum City still poses many challenges" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 4/11). Quan on Thursday said, "What I find really interesting is suddenly Lew Wolff wants a ten-year extension there and it's suddenly the place that it wasn't supposed to be that he didn't want to be in and now he wants a 10-year extension." Quan said, "Any kind of extension is possible but we want to know where you want your new stadium" (KGMZ-FM, 4/10).