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Quan Hopes to Keep A's, Warriors with 'Coliseum City'

 

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday that she has high hopes to build a 750-acre sports and entertainment hub in the Oakland Coliseum area.

Quan said the plan for a so-called Oakland "Coliseum City" complex is "a game-changer" that she thinks will persuade the city's three professional sports teams to stay in Oakland and also will bring new businesses.

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to spend $3.5 million to begin the process of developing the Coliseum area.

The A's baseball team, the Raiders football team and the Warriors basketball team have all discussed the possibility of moving out of Oakland in the near future.

No one from those three teams attended Quan's news conference at City Hall Wednesday, but the mayor says she's still hopeful she can persuade the teams to stay.

Assistant City Administrator Fred Blackwell said that in addition to building new sports stadiums, the city hopes to develop a site near the Coliseum that would attract business such as biotech, clean technology and digital technology companies.

City Council President Larry Reid, who represents the Coliseum area, said, "if we make this plan happen, it will change the city for a lifetime."

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