Coliseum Authority approves Raiders stadium study

Just in case the Santa Clara stadium concept gets voted down, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority gave the green light to a feasibility study for a new NFL stadium on Coliseum grounds. The study will cost $125,000, the entirety of which will by paid for by the Authority. Conventions, Sports & Leisure International will be doing the work, as they did for the 49ers’ and A’s economic impact reports. (Seems like they’ve got this market cornered, no?)

Zennie Abraham is upset about the apparent lack of minority involvement. My guess is that since CSLI worked with the Niners on the single and dual-team concept, whatever they learned from that experience could be leveraged for a new Coliseum stadium. One interesting note: CSLI is also doing a post mortem economic impact report on Petco Park. Of course, I painted the 49ers’ study as overly rosy and the A’s as a mixed bag, so it’s hard to know what to expect from CSLI. Cam Inman thinks the study is a waste of money since we can easily predict the results.

Perhaps the most troubling thing is the apparent disconnect between the Raiders and the Authority. From Amy Trask (via Chris Metinko’s Tribune article):

“We have expended resources in evaluating and furthering the concept of an urban redevelopment project, anchored by a stadium. In that regard, we have already engaged (at our expense) professionals to assist with this analysis. We have not heard from the Joint Powers Authority about the funding of a study, so it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

I thought that these two parties were in some hush-hush negotiations over the past year. Man, oh man. I, myself, am coordinating a move of my employer’s 12-person office to a bigger space in a different building within the complex. There’s no feasibility study needed, but that seems like one of those major items on a project plan, like “finalize budget” or “send out communications to employees.” What does it say about the state of affairs that Trask said she wasn’t contacted, and that the team has been doing its own studies? Sounds like they aren’t on the same page at the very least. Are the Raiders that interested in staying at the Coliseum? The only public rumblings we’ve heard so far were the Raiders talking to Dublin about Camp Parks.

All this gets a big shrug out of me.

Update: Matier & Ross report that Oakland has bought 19 acres of land near the Coliseum as part of this effort. My guess is that it’s the old HomeBase site (PDF) on Hegenberger. Some observations:

  • The land cost is $19 million for 19 acres. Wolff was willing to buy Coliseum North land for $1 million an acre.
  • The HomeBase site is rectangular, making it perfectly sized and shaped for a football stadium.
  • If the stadium is placed correctly, it should avoid EBMUD’s massive sewer interceptor, which runs right through the Coliseum and Malibu lots and can’t have any structures on top of it.

81 Responses to Coliseum Authority approves Raiders stadium study

  1. GoA's says:

    TD—don’t get too far ahead of yourself—yes about the writing on the wall for the A’s but to beleive that the ’9ers prefer Oakland over SC is humorous—-can you imagine moving in as a roommate with Al—in SC the ’9ers hold the cards—in Oakland Al holds the cards—-which one would you prefer?

  2. Dan says:

    Part of Baseball San Jose’s problem is their title. When people are searching for A’s to San Jose groups they’re not looking for “Baseball San Jose”. It’s should be “San Jose A’s” or something similar.

  3. doctorK says:

    The day that the number of Facebook fans for a certain group, etc, matters a hill of beans is the day I’ll move to Siberia (or Iowa).

  4. Mike says:

    You also need a favicon on the address bar. I bookmark pages by the icons, as many people do these days. If you need any help, email me.

  5. Marine Layer says:

    Completely forgot about that! Thanks for catching it. Added. Still no title, though.

  6. Dan says:

    That day may be coming soon if it’s not already here. Facebook is quickly becoming an important benchmark for analyzing your online business. As much as it sickens me to think about it.

  7. A's Fan says:

    The unfriendly URL doesn’t help either.
    Baseball San Jose

  8. OAKLANDathletics says:

    Which exactly part of the reason why I never signed up for an account myself.

  9. NoAsWS says:

    Since we are on the topic of Facebook:
    .
    “No Stadium in Fremont” group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=103541375316).
    .
    “Baseball in San Jose” group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=65559831564)
    .
    “Keep the A”s in Oakland” group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2217727068)
    .
    “Let’s Go Oakland: Keep the A’s” page with 33,000+ fans (http://www.facebook.com/letsgooakland)

  10. Jeffrey says:

    This is overstated. Facebook is part of the “hype machine” but nothing lives on hype alone.

  11. Dan says:

    Then explain how that crap movie Avatar made so much money?

  12. Dan says:

    There’s also a bunch of smaller groups like

    “Hey MLB the time has come for the San Jose A’s” (http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=53455903653&ref=ts)

    and

    “Keep the A’s in the Bay Area” (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Keep-the-As-in-the-Bay-Area/167483412985?ref=ts)

  13. Jeffrey says:

    Advertising. Facebook is a channel to inform people of your product just like Yahoo, KRON4, MTV, and KTRB860.

    It isn’t quite Nielsen as far as measuring how how popular something really is. And, it isn’t really a good place to measure the potential business viability of a sports market.

  14. FremontA's says:

    NoAsWS need to stop because you are wasting your time here. The majority of Fremont residents do want the A’s in Fremont. Why do you even think Bob Wasserman won the election 2 times from 2004-20012. Remember Bob Wasserman and Scott haggerty is the one bringing the A’s to a Fremont. Fremont Citzens is a small group that is a anti-growth and of course they will loose the upcoming election. Who’s the mystery candiate again? No one Will the mystery candiate loose? Yes

  15. Dude says:

    Facebook connections are really important to adolescents. But adults make decisions about large-scale developments like sports stadia and the strategy behind opening their enterprise to new revenue streams. I wish all the teenagers who boast about Facebook numbers on here would grow up and realize this reality.

  16. OAKLANDathletics says:

    I thought the NIMBY plant hasn’t even made a decision on what they’re planning on doing with the site since they’re the ones who still own the land? Also I saw on the news the other night that they are looking into keeping the plant possibly open for two more years? I’m not sure how likely this is, but I think Fremont is far from being in a position to land the A’s.

  17. NoAsWS says:

    Wasserman won in 2004 because he was long time police chief (25 years) and city councilmember (12 years). The Warm Springs alternate site was announced to the public right AFTER the 2008 election. Had the public known it before the election, he will lost a lot of votes from Warm Springs, Mission and Irvington.
    .
    The Fremont stadium is bad for the city and the A’s. Now there is no financial incentive for Lew Wolff to build the ballpark village in Fremont. Please help the A’s to find a better home, whether it’s DOWNTOWN San Jose or Oakland.

  18. OAKLANDathletics says:

    Sorry, I meant to say NUMMI…haha!

  19. OAKLANDathletics says:

    I totally hear where you’re coming from Dude, but maybe you should tell that to the 400 million other active users on FB. The reality is that this whole social media concept is constantly moving forward towards reaching more people each day whether it’s for BS chit chat or to help connect more people worldwide by advertising etc. Even though I’m not on FB myself, I know there are plenty of “adults” out there who make large scale decisions that are connected on FB.
    .
    - More than 400 million active users
    - 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
    - More than 35 million users update their status each day
    - More than 60 million status updates posted each day
    - More than 3 billion photos uploaded to the site each month
    - More than 5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each week
    - More than 3.5 million events created each month
    - More than 3 million active Pages on Facebook
    - More than 1.5 million local businesses have active Pages on Facebook
    - More than 20 million people become fans of Pages each day
    - Pages have created more than 5.3 billion fans
    - More than one million developers and entrepreneurs from more than 180 countries
    - Every month, more than 70% of Facebook users engage with Platform applications
    - More than 500,000 active applications currently on Facebook Platform
    - More than 250 applications have more than one million monthly active users
    - More than 80,000 websites have implemented Facebook Connect since its general availability in December 2008
    - More than 60 million Facebook users engage with Facebook Connect on external websites every month
    - Two-thirds of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites have implemented Facebook Connect

  20. Marine Layer says:

    Look, I use Facebook at least a dozen times a day. Mostly it’s to keep up with friends. While there is plenty of petition-gathering and Facebook is helpful in getting out the word in political movements, it’s just a tool. A Facebook group by itself is not a political movement. Thousands upon thousands of groups are only for entertainment or are complete jokes.

    Take the “Keep the A’s in Oakland” group. It’s main thrust has been to get people to fill out petitions and grow itself.

    Does it provide significant information to its members? No.

    Does it make any effort beyond its online realm? No.

    Does it encourage members to take the protest to the streets? No.

    Does it ask members to support the team in any way? No.

    Just from looking at the group’s wall occasionally I can say that there’s better discourse in the comments section here (even when there’s a flame war) than there. The group claims legitimacy by claiming numbers. Surely there’s more to a political and social movement than that.

  21. pjk says:

    re: The majority of Fremont residents do want the A’s in Fremont.

    Has a poll been taken to support that notion? Seems to me there is considerable support for bringing the A’s to Fremont. It was stopped by a small, vocal group of NIMBYs.

  22. Jeffrey says:

    If anyone makes a large scale decision based on the size of a facebook group they are an idiot.

    -Signed, A fan of the pickle with more fans than Nickleback.

  23. gojohn10 says:

    Just from looking at the group’s wall occasionally I can say that there’s better discourse in the comments section here (even when there’s a flame war) than there.

    For example, on the LGO facebook page there is no mention of the city of Oakland looking into a new football stadium and how that might affect the the A’s. Kinda seems like an important issue to ignore, no?

  24. gojohn10 says:

    I second that.
    -signed, member of the Manute Bol Appreciation Society

  25. gojohn10 says:

    it’s beautiful!

  26. FremontA's says:

    From Tri City Beat blog:

    MLB officials spoke with Fremont City Manager Fred Diaz this week. They told him that no city had been eliminated and wanted to know more about land aquisition as well as on-site and off-site infrstructure improvements.
    Diaz expects the city to meet with MLB officials within the next two weeks.

  27. FremontA's says:

    The A’s done a poll few years later, it shows that Fremont do want the A’ in Fremont. It very small NIMBY’s less than 700. More that 1,000 fans support the A’s on Fremont.

  28. FremontA's says:

    Not all residents who are against the A’s stadium in Fremont, but still vote for Steve Cho . I really don’t know if Gus Morrison support the NUMMI site but he is against the Pacific Commons. Lew Wolff still can build a Ballpark Village near NUMMI and still allow the him to build housing at Pacific Commons only if they build a stadium in Fremont.

  29. FremontA's says:

    Toyota announced this week that NUMMI plant will shutdown as planned.

  30. Nic says:

    And the beat goes on.

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