Oakland Raiders owner showing interest in turning Concord Naval Weapons Station into a football stadium

10/7/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsIt might sound a bit absurd to turn a shutdown military base into a football stadium to most people but not to Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and the mayor of Concord, Dan Helix. The mayor confirmed that Davis had visited the decommissioned base on Friday accompanied by Don Perata, who is an ex state senator and current advisor to the Raiders. The deal will definitely benefit both parties as the Raiders owner gets his stadium and the town gets new land along with all the money and publicity a franchise stadium brings.
 
The mayor elaborated on the subject saying that the tour of the base was given by Concord reuse project director Michael Wright. He said that Davis and Perata called on him a week ago and requested a tour of the base and he set it for them for Friday. The tour of the entire facility took an hour and a half.
 
The shutdown Concord Naval Weapons Station is located at a distance of 20 miles from Oakland. It spans over an area of 5,000 acres. Although the base has been decommissioned, it is still property of the U.S. Navy. The land is being cleared for now, although there is no indication for what. The mayor did say that the property was attracting attention and some other franchises and companies had toured it already.
 
Although the Raiders may have shown interest, the mayor reminded that nothing was confirmed yet and no deals or talks had begun. Even so, Raiders owner Davis was happy with the location. The base is located close to North Concord BART station.
 
Helix said "He told us 30 percent of the team's fans take BART to games.”
 
"There was absolutely no commitment nor did we expect there to be. “But (Davis) did say he liked the property very much."
 
Helix was optimistic and looking forward to the Oakland Raiders response after the visit. Although they had not checked back, there initial response to the property was warm.
"Naturally, we're excited about their interest. It would take a great deal of time, but if you were able to get the Raiders there, it would be a great avenue for development of restaurants and other businesses."
 
The land could be added to Concord city as soon as 2015. Time to build a stadium would be anywhere between 4 to 10 years. 
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