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SBD/August 7, 2014/Facilities
As New A's Lease Gets Ratified, Lew Wolff Hints At Building New Ballpark in Oakland
Published August 7, 2014
ROOM FOR EVERYONE: In Oakland, Steven Tavares notes Wolff also "voiced a willingness" to work with the Raiders for a "stadium of their own on the same property." But he "suggested other sites for a new baseball park are still [in] play." Wolff: "As part of our arrangement here, we said, we’re going to make a serious effort to look at the feasibility of doing that as well as any other site.” When it comes to possibly sharing the Coliseum property with a new stadium for the Raiders, Wolff said, “We’re all in the same boat here. It’s not like we’re in competition.” Wolff also "disagreed with sentiment, held by some, that the A’s lease agreement represented a choice between keeping his team or the Raiders in Oakland." Wolff: “That’s a false perception. It has been accommodated in the lease. Both of us have challenges. We both need new venues for our fans. I don’t think it’s a competition. The Raiders certainly don’t want to force anyone out and vice or versa.” He added, “Getting either one done is a challenge” (EAST BAY EXPRESS, 8/7).