Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/6/13
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis took a tour of the old Concord Naval Weapons Station the other day - with an eye toward whether it could be just the place for a new stadium for the team. "He made no commitments but my feeling he liked the looks of the property" said Concord Mayor Dan Helix. Helix joined Davis and a handful of others on the 90-minute tour Friday including Michael Wright who's in charge of the local base reuse authority and Don Perata the former state Senate leader who is now advising the Raiders. Helix said the group checked out most of the 5000-acre base which has been decommissioned but is still being cleaned up by the Navy. Concord is hoping to build a number of mixed-use developments there. The always-fidgety Raiders have been looking around for a new home to replace the Coliseum which was built in the 1960s and expanded when the team returned from Los Angeles nearly 20 years ago. The Raiders have also been looking at a site in the Dublin area but we're told it's already spoken for in another development. Helix said Davis was particularly interested in the Concord site's proximity to the North Concord BART Station since 30 percent of the team's fans now take BART to games in Oakland. The bulk of the Raiders' base lives in the East Bay. As for whether Helix thinks a Raiders stadium would be a good fit for Concord a city of just 124000? "I think a stadium there would be a significant addition" he said "because it would attract a great deal of development."
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