Amy Trask served as the CEO of the Oakland Raiders from 1997 to 2013. And while she believes the Oakland Coliseum site is ideal location for a new stadium, she harbors serious concerns about the marketplace, lending credence to the notion that the team could be relocated.
Trask believes the Oakland Coliseum is the best served stadium by public transportation -- better than all 30 other NFL stadiums. And she believes the space it provides for parking and tailgating is ideal.
"I believe that the site of the Oakland Coliseum is an absolutely stupendous site for a sports facility," Trask said in a radio interview on 95.7 The Game. "It's a marvelous, marvelous site."
Trask, though, has other concerns.
"But man, it is only 32 miles from Santa Clara," she said. "That's a lot of infrastructure in a very, very small region.
"So while I know that the fans will fill both the 49ers and Raiders stadiums -- should there be another one up there -- I do think there's serious, serious concerns -- at least from my perspective there are -- as to whether the marketplace can support two football stadiums.
"And by marketplace I mean sponsorships, signage, suite purchasing, naming rights -- not fans. The fans will support both.
"So I think it is a significant possibility that this team relocates."
East Bay leaders could be on the clock for a new stadium deal with the Raiders after a recent report indicated that without "significant progress within the next 30 days, ... one party or the other will call an end to it."
Owner Mark Davis told CSNCalifornia.com on Friday that he's still dedicated to Oakland.
“We’re still trying to get something done in Oakland,” Davis said. “I’ve got options A, B, C and D out there. This is an awesome opportunity to work with the Chargers to try and get something done. ... Really, it’s just another part of the process. But again, we’re trying to get something done in Oakland.”
News surfaced last Thursday that the Raiders, along with the division-rival San Diego Chargers, have proposed to build a privately-funded $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, CA -- just south of Los Angeles -- to be shared by both teams.