Steve Corkran will file something later for the print edition, but the 49ers and Raiders are no closer to a shared stadium today than they were when commissioner Roger Goodell supported the idea back on Oct. 10 when he attended the Raiders-Seahawks game at the Coliseum after being invited by CEO Amy Trask.
Trask and 49ers president Jed York, attending a Football 101 seminar in Los Angeles, spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle and were both open to any solution that would bring new facilities to their respective teams _ including sharing a stadium.
Trask has been pretty consistent in her public statements on the issue _ there is no idea that isn’t worth exploring.
For what it’s worth (and it’s worth at least something because the last time I talked to her a couple of weeks back there had been no change in her stance), this is how Trask answered the stadium question on Oct. 10:
“There is no short answer, and I’m not trying to be cute with you. We’re having ongoing discussions about the stadium opportunities. We’re working very, very cooperatively with the city and with the local officials. We’ve been extolling the virtues of this site for a quite awhile now. It was a year and a half, 18 months, give or take, maybe more, just under, but about a year and a half ago that I started talking about this site and using a new-stadium on this site as an opportunity to revitalize the whole area.
“Why not, rather than look simply look at the stadium project, look at how one can use a stadium as an anchor for, or a catalyst for, an urban redevelopment that provides economic stimulus for the whole region? You guys know as well as I do that this site is centrally located, it’s tremendously well-served by public transportation. There’s stadiums and facilities all over the country where they’re trying to figure out, how do we get subways or trains to come to our stadium? We’ve got BART. We’ve got Amtrak, the capitol corridor, the ACE train.
“So, it’s a central location on a freeway, well-served by public transportation. So, about a year and a half ago, we started proposing and extolling the virtues of proposing the possibility of doing a stadium project on this site. Not as a stand-alone facility but as a catalyst for an urban renovation in the manner in which to bring economic stimulus for the whole region. We have been working very cooperatively with the city and the Joint Powers Authority. You guys understand this region. Right now, fans come to this facility and there’s nowhere for them to spend their money in the area. There’s one or two spots on Hegenbereger, but how about doing something here like was done on the waterfront . . .”
Trask stopped there when former coach Tom Cable entered the room for his post game press conference.
The bottom line is if the Raiders are going to remain in Northern California, their best case scenario is remaining in Oakland and the East Bay.
The 49ers at present are attempting to secure finding for their Santa Clara project.
The 49ers would probably be open to the Raiders sharing “their” stadium if it meant finishing the project.
The Raiders would probably be open to the 49ers sharing “their” stadium if it meant the difference in building on the Coliseum site.
But for one team to move essentially move in to the territory of the other, I don’t see it happening.
It appears there was no vote by the players today with regard to the lockout. It’s been a torturous process, but I’d still be surprised if training camp didn’t start somewhere near on time. Things will pick up considerably in this space when an agreement is reached, with some changes I’ll get into at the appropriate time.