Oakland Holds Meeting With NFL Officials To Pitch Plans For A New Raiders Stadium
NFL execs on Aug. 9 held "a secret meeting" in Oakland to hear the city's "pitch for a new Raiders stadium," according to Matthew Artz of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. Participants at the meeting, which "NFL officials requested," included Raiders Owner Mark Davis, team Chief Exec Amy Trask, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, City Council President Larry Reid and Alameda County Administrator Susan Muranishi. The Raiders "have been the lone tenant" at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex "to not dismiss the city's proposal that the teams build new facilities there along with hotels, restaurants and shops." Raiders and NFL officials "refused to say much about last week's meeting, during which the team laid out its vision for a transformed Coliseum complex." NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello in an e-mail said, "It was an important meeting because it is at a stage where the Raiders must develop a (stadium) option." Artz notes it "remains unclear whether the league would help pay for a new football stadium in Oakland" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/17).