POLITICS/SPORTS (Bay Area): Oakland, proposed new Raiders stadium, commentary (Matier & Ross): "Is Raiders stadium roof proposal over the top?" ....
* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross): "Is Raiders stadium roof proposal over the top?" - From the Chronicle:
Planners for a new, largely privately financed Oakland Raiders stadium are considering something even more ambitious than the towering seats of Mount Davis - a retractable or transparent roof. Sources involved in putting a proposal together tell us that, given the $900 million to $1.2 billion cost of a new stadium, they're aiming for a building that can host not just sporting events but also concerts, conventions and other functions that require dry weather.
Still, there's a catch. Planners tell us they are still trying to determine if they could attract enough such events to justify the added cost - anywhere from $100 million to $200 million or more, depending on the type of roof. There's the retractable kind, which is in place on several stadiums around the country, and newfangled clear roofs like the one going up on the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium.
Then there are the Raiders, who would prefer an open-air stadium with natural turf. And just to make sure no one forgets about them, team brass - including owner Mark Davis - reportedly just spent a few days in San Antonio, Texas, putting out relocation feelers just in case the Oakland situation doesn't work out.
The roof-or-no-roof debate is just one of the many points to be worked out by planners for Coliseum City, the stadium-retail-housing complex that Mayor Jean Quan wants to get built at the site of the existing stadium and arena. The clock is ticking down on Quan's promise to have a new Raiders stadium deal worked out by summer's end.
Other issues with the multibillion-dollar building scheme......................