Yahoo Contributor Network
This article was created on the Yahoo Contributor Network, where users like you are published on Yahoo every day. Learn more »Yahoo Contributor Network
Raiders Stadium Update - Oakland Approves Budget for Plans: Fan’s View
The Oakland Raiders need a new stadium. I think the team is losing money every year they are playing in the outdated O.Co Coliseum, a facility built during the Kennedy administration (and opened during the Johnson administration). Even though it has been renovated, it lacks the large amount of premium seating and luxury boxes needed to maximize revenue for a professional football team. I've been there many times and I think it also lacks the additional retail space and entertainment areas that new stadium facilities have, all of which help teams earn more money.
On March 13, the city of Oakland took a huge first step in creating a new stadium for the Raiders, along with a whole sports and entertainment development on a 750 acre site near the Oakland Airport. The City Council approved a budget to prepare plans for the project. HKS Architects will be involved in the design and planning, they are the firm who did Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
As I see it, the Raiders have three options with regards to their stadium problem: The first is to move to Santa Clara and share a stadium with the 49ers. A project there has been approved and funded and is ready to begin construction. The second option is to work out a deal to stay in Oakland and play in a new facility or agree to wait for one to be built. The third option is to move to Los Angeles, where (proposed) Farmers Field developers AEG have already confirmed they have had discussions with the Raiders above the move south.
The ultimate Oakland development plan would include a new stadium for the Raiders, a new MLB ballpark for the A's and a new NBA arena for the Warriors. The project would also include hotels a conference center, shopping and other entertainment. The project seems like it would be similar to the L.A. Live development we have now in downtown Los Angeles. Centered around the Staples Center, the project includes shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, several concert venues and two hotels. This is also where developer AEG plans to build Farmers Field, to house a yet-to-be-named NFL team. If things don't move forward in Oakland, I think that team may be the Raiders.
Although I would like to see the Raiders come to Los Angeles, I think the Oakland plan sounds great and would really revitalize that city. Whether they can get the funding, both public and private, is another story, but I think that kind of development could be hugely successful, which will attract investors willing to take the risk.
Although born and raised with Eagles fans in Philadelphia, Freddy Sherman has always been a citizen of Raider Nation at heart. Since his dad got him a signed George Blanda football as child, to meeting Lyle Alzado in the 1980s, he hasn't looked back. Follow him on twitter @thefredsherman
More from this contributor:
Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.