Wolff: A's not preventing Raiders from building new stadium

Wolff: A's not preventing Raiders from building new stadium
July 9, 2014, 4:15 pm
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I haven't had any evidence of a financial program in place (for a Raiders) stadium. We're certainly not preventing the Raiders from building a new stadium.
Lew Wolff

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As news of the Raiders and a potential football stadium developer threatens the A's future at the Coliseum, Lew Wolff simply waits to see what it all means for his team.

The A's have agreed to a 10-year lease extension with the Joint Powers Authority that operates the Coliseum, but it's held up as it still must be approved by the city of Oakland and Alameda County.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that a stadium development group is urging city officials that the current Coliseum needs to be demolished in 2015 in order to execute a plan to build the Raiders a new stadium on the site that will open in 2018.

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It's a new twist in the A's saga to get their lease completed, which would guarantee them staying in Oakland for several more seasons at least.

"Somebody has to decide if (not approving an A's lease) is a risk they would want to take," Wolff, the A's co-owner, told CSN California on Wednesday. "I haven't had any evidence of a financial program in place (for a Raiders) stadium. We're certainly not preventing the Raiders from building a new stadium."

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The A's proposed lease says the A's could be forced to move from the Coliseum if the Raiders want to build, but only after giving the A's two years' notice about doing so.

Regarding rumors that the A's could relocate to Vancouver, Montreal or San Antonio if a lease isn't agreed upon, Wolff said: "I've never explored any of those places. If we're denied (a lease), I'll have to take a look at what we can do next. But we want to stay in the Bay Area."

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