Update: A Raiders spokesman called to say the club was continuing to negotiate in good faith with Oakland and Alameda County regarding a stadium lease extension and that the Dublin visit was purely educational in nature.
In a revised version of the story in the East Bay Business Times, director of finance and technology Tom Blanda said his comments regarding Dublin were “hypothetical and not based on any desire to move the club.”
Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart told the East Bay Business Times Friday that the Raiders are interested in building a stadium on the 180 acres of Camp Parks, currently by the U.S. Army Reserve and NASA.
Mark Davis, the son of Al Davis, and Tom Blanda, the Raiders director of finance and technology, made the pitch Thursday.
To say Lockhart isn’t interested is an understatement.
“My personal opinion is it would destroy the city of Dublin if we even considered it,” Lockhart told the Times.
According to Lockhart, Davis and Blanda said:
“‘We think the Raiders belong out here. We think we should put a stadium on this land.”
On the bright side, it presents a scenario where the Raiders are looking to stay in the East Bay when their lease expires in 2010.
(On a purely selfish note, being a Dublin resident, it would make it possible for me to ride my bike to work on game day).