The future of the Oakland Coliseum now comes down to the A's and the city of Oakland.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to sell its fifty-percent ownership in the 155-acre complex to the A's.
A's president Dave Kaval says he is looking forward to "creating a mutually beneficial partnership with the City of Oakland."
The city of Oakland sued Alameda County in September to block the county from selling its ownership in the Coliseum. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred advised Oakland officials in October to drop their lawsuit or risk the A's relocating to another location.
The city since has dropped the suit.
The A’s want to develop the Coliseum site to help pay for a privately financed ballpark, which they have proposed to be built at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square. A proposed "multi-sports facility" at the Coliseum site would include affordable housing and parks, now that the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas in 2020. Mayor Libby Schaaf had been against the sale in the past, but seemed to be moving towards a new direction on Monday.
“My greatest hope is that any sale of public land by the county includes generous community benefits, affordable housing and ensures that the people who will benefit most are the residents of East Oakland,” Schaaf said, via the San Francisco Chronicle.
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The A’s will pay $85 million over six years for the county’s half of the Coliseum complex, Sarah Ravani of the Chronicle reports. The A’s also will cover $5 million per year of the site’s operating costs. Monday's decision begins a 190-day process of review before the sale becomes final.
The sale includes the Coliseum, Oracle Arena -- the former home of the Warriors -- and the surrounding parking lots.
When the final seconds ticked off the Raiders' final game at the Coliseum -- an ugly loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars -- it wasn't just the swan song for the Silver and Black in the East Bay. It also was the last Raiders game for one of the team's most famed supporters.
Wayne Mabry, better known as "The Violator" on fall Sundays, will retire after being one of the Black Hole's most notable members.
With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, ticket costs for brand new Allegiant Stadium will force Mabry to no longer attend Raiders game. He'll still live and die with his team every Sunday, he'll just do so from afar and without face paint and armor.
“I understand the business side of it,” Mabry told The Las Vegas Review-Journal. “But as a fan, I feel like I’m being evicted. I’m still paying the rent, but they’re selling the property."
“I’ll continue to be a fan. That’s a lifetime commitment,” he said. “But I’ve been pretty much priced out.”
Mabry told the Review-Journal he would have had to sell his Riverside home to afford a seat license in Las Vegas, which is three hours closer than Oakland. Instead, he will retire with the stadium he has called home for two decades.
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Mabry and Raider Nation still have at least two more games this season, and if a lot of chips fall their favor, the Silver and Black could fall into the playoffs.
ALAMEDA -- The Raiders just played in Oakland for the last time.
The Raiders will follow Sunday’s disastrous 20-16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Coliseum with two road games against the L.A. Chargers and Denver Broncos to conclude the regular season.
That doesn’t mean it’s time to cancel leases and hire moving trucks for their scheduled relocation to Las Vegas.
The Raiders will be in the Bay Area a lot longer. Their brand new, state-of-the-art, $75 million training facility still is being built in Henderson, Nevada, just outside Sin City. The complex, which includes a performance center, outdoor fields and an indoor practice fieldhouse, isn’t scheduled to open until June.
Raiders football operations will remain in their current Alameda complex until their new facility is ready. That means the Raiders will sign veteran free agents from here. They will be prepare for the NFL draft and select players from Alameda, even with the draft itself being held in Las Vegas.
They’ll start the offseason program in Alameda and possibly conduct all of their OTAs and mandatory minicamp here. It’s possible the Raiders would start OTAs in Alameda and finish it at their new Las Vegas training complex, though that remains uncertain.
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Even if that happens, it seems likely the Raiders return to the Bay Area for training camp. Raiders owner Mark Davis told NBC Sports Bay Area this summer that it’s “almost for sure” the Raiders would exercise their option to hold training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott in 2020, before completing the preseason in Henderson.
Allegiant Stadium is scheduled to be ready in late July/early August 2020, which means the Raiders are expected to play their next season in Las Vegas.