Report: Raiders in talks to tear down Coliseum despite deal

Thursday July 10th, 2014

The Oakland Raiders are in talks to tear down aging Coliseum despite a deal that would keep the other tenants of the stadium, the Oakland A's, in place for the next 10 years, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle

The Coliseum opened in 1966 and is the only stadium in the United States that houses both a professional baseball and football team.

According to a report, the demolition plans were revealed in a memo to Oakland mayor Jean Quan, and surprised officials of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority. That agency is the one that reached the 10-year stadium lease extension.

Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid said the demolition idea was "crazy, absolutely insane," and county supervisor Nate Miley added that the idea was "totally preposterous," because $180 million is still owed on the stadium.

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The City Council has been hoping for more out of the A's lease than what the Coliseum Authority approved, and it's an open question whether Oakland will ratify the deal.

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