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San Antonio Raiders? Maybe, if City's Efforts to Woo Oakland Succeed

By    |   Friday, 15 Aug 2014 11:20 AM

San Antonio could be the Oakland Raiders' new home if the Texas city's recent efforts to woo the NFL team prove successful.

The San Antonio Express-News disclosed Tuesday that city officials and business owners pulled out all the stops in July when Raiders owner Mark Davis and two other team officers visited. The trip included a helicopter tour of possible stadium locations, a lavish corner suite at the Grand Hyatt, and a high-end steak dinner, according to Yahoo Sports.

Some say Davis is seriously considering a move to San Antonio but others say he's merely appearing interested in an effort to get Oakland to offer up a lease extension on O.co Coliseum, which is also home to the Oakland Athletics MLB team, or a football-only stadium.

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"It was a serious conversation," Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday of his talks with San Antonio officials. "I don't waste my time just having meetings. But we continue to try to get something done in Oakland."

There are, however, lingering concerns over whether San Antonio as a city could sustain an NFL team. The aging Alamodome and lack of Fortune 500 companies willing to support such an endeavor were main risk factors listed in a 2011 feasibility study, according to the Express-News.

San Antonio's convention, sports, and entertainment facilities director Mike Sawaya told the Express-News that the Alamodome would need a $27.4 million upgrade – mainly the building of suites — to meet NFL standards.

The 72,000-seat Alamodome opened in 1993 and was home to the San Antonio Spurs NBA team until 2002 when the franchise moved into the AT&T Center. The stadium, which hosts the Valero Alamo Bowl annually, was home to the New Orleans Saints for three games in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city's Superdome.

Larry Reid, an Oakland city councilman who sits on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority Board, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Davis' talk with San Antonio did not catch him off-guard knowing that there is still a funding gap of roughly $600 million for a football-only Raiders stadium.

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