Matier & Ross on the Coliseum
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| By eyleenn on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 10:51 pm:|
From Sunday's column:
SPOILSPORTS: Whether they like it or not, everybody in Alameda County has a stake in the Oakland Raiders.
For starters, there's the $20 million a year that the county and Oakland have been paying out on average since the team returned seven years ago.
Then there's the estimated $2 million a year the city and county have been paying lawyers to fend off the Raiders' charge that they were tricked into returning to Oakland with a false promise of a sold-out stadium.
Then there's the $1.3 billion the team wants if it wins the aforementioned lawsuit.
All this over a deal that supposedly wouldn't cost the public a dime.
But, thanks largely to the personal seat license debacle that led to years of half-filled stadiums, the public will almost certainly keep paying out millions -- for another 23 years.
And there may even be more costs down the line.
Stadium manager Mark Kaufman notes that Network Associates Coliseum is already 37 years old and will certainly require some big-ticket improvements over the next few years to keep it up to snuff.
In fact, the city-county Joint Powers Authority responsible for overseeing the Coliseum is spending $600,000 in emergency funds to seal cracks and paint over leaky construction defects in the portions of the stadium built for the Raiders' return.
Plus, in the aftermath of Sept. 11, the stadium has spent a half-million dollars for new security cameras.
And if that weren't enough, Kaufman also has his eye on new Jumbotrons, instant replay cameras and other improvements he plans to present to the Joint Powers Authority in the coming weeks.