A 72,000-seat, state-of-the-art football stadium has been proposed
OAKLAND (AP) _ A 72,000-seat, state-of-the-art football stadium has been proposed by Oakland officials, who say they will back the $90 million project if assured of a local National Football League franchise.
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum board made the announcement Monday at the annual NFL meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.
The board said it has started preliminary financing research for the facility that would be built next to the existing 50,219-seat Coliseum, home for the American League Oakland A’s baseball team, National Basketball Association Golden State Warriors, and United States Football League’s Invaders.
Natural turf, luxury box seats, a stadium club, special accomodations for the team and media, and 1,500 parking spaces in addition to the existing 10,000-space parking area at the Coliseum are included in the new stadium plan.
Coliseum board member Jack Maltester said the facility design would meet a minimum 72,000-seat requirement of the NFL for facilities hosting Super Bowls.
The Los Angeles Raiders left Oakland in 1982 in a dispute over Coliseum improvements the team wanted.
Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson said the city was in the middle of a recession and couldn’t have financed the requested changes. He said costs of building a new stadium today isn’t much different than improving the existing facility.
NFL Commissione Peter Rozelle cautioned Oakland, saying the league has no expansion plans for the city until its antitrust suit with the Raiders is settled. The city has continued to press for the Raiders’ return to Oakland.