Trask: 'We want to stay'

Trask: 'We want to stay'
February 6, 2013, 6:00 pm
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"Our fans deserve a new building. The community deserves a new building. We need a new stadium.
—Amy Trask

ALAMEDA -- Many conspiracy theorists see the Raiders, entering the final year of their lease with the O.co Coliseum, as setting the stage for a move from Oakland with Wednesday's announcement that the team would reduce capacity at the aging stadium by tarping off the top of Mt. Davis and seven other upper deck sections for the 2013 season.

But Raiders CEO Amy Trask insisted the team wants to remain at the same site, albeit in a new stadium, echoing the thoughts of owner Mark Davis.

"We have not been hesitant to state that we love that site," Trask told four reporters at team headquarters. "We love the site on which we play. It is centrally located in the Northern California and Bay Area region. It is right on a major thoroughfare. It's got better ingress and egress than most public facilities in California. And, it has the best public transportation of any stadium in the National Football League.

"We love that site. Our hope, our desire is a new stadium on that site. And we have stated that publicly for years. I think it's fair to note that of all the sports tenants on the complex, we are the one sports tenant that keeps saying, We want to stay."

The A's have had San Jose on their radar for a while and the Warriors have dibs on San Francisco.

"Now, we do need a new building," Trask said. "Our fans deserve a new building. The community deserves a new building. We need a new stadium. But our hope and our desire is that it's on that site."

Trask said the Raiders are still in "discussions" with city and county representatives about the Coliseum City idea and said the next meeting is scheduled for next week.

"We do understand that it is a different day and age now," she said, "and anything that's done is going to have to be a true public/private partnership and we are proceeding in that manner."

Trask was also asked about Los Angeles -- she merely pointed at a satellite image of the Coliseum complex, saying the Raiders' energies and efforts have been focused on the current Oakland site -- as well as sharing the 49ers' new stadium going up in Santa Clara,

"We did have discussions with the 49ers," she said. "We have not had any discussions recently. We have not closed the door on that opportunity. But our focus is on this site."

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Trask was also asked about the reports of the Raiders talking with Ray Anderson, the NFL's senior vice president of football operations, and Scott O'Neal, a former Madison Square Garden president, about a purported team president role.

"I've enjoyed being able to sit and talk with each of those gentlemen," she said.

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