Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has made it clear that he would like to find a new home for his team, and that new home may be just less than a half hour away from Oakland.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Davis visited the old Concord Naval Weapons Station in Concord earlier this week, and Dan Helix, the city’s mayor, says Davis came away impressed.
“He made no commitments, but my feeling, he liked the looks of the property,” Helix told the Chronicle.
The 5,000-acre former Navy base was established in 1942 to store weapons during World War II, and it also helped ship materials during the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars. It is no longer in service, and Concord would like to “build a number of mixed-use developments there” once it is cleaned up by the Navy, the Chronicle reports.
The Raiders’ lease on their current home, the O.co Coliseum, ends after this season. Davis appointed a committee to propose a 50,000-seat, $800 million stadium in Oakland earlier this year. However, this would require $300 from the public, which is not something that will be easy to accomplish.
Davis has said that he does not want to sign a long-term deal to stay in the current stadium, leading to many questions about where they will play in a few years.
But staying local remains Davis’ first priority. Helix told the Chronicle that Davis liked how a BART station is located nearby the Concord site, which means fans can easily commute to and from games in the East Bay.
The Chronicle also reports that the Raiders have been looking at a potential stadium site in Dublin, which is about 20 minutes east of Oakland.
If the Raiders were to build a new stadium in Concord at the naval station site, here’s a map of how far they would relocate:
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