ONN – Oakland Coliseum JPA’s Henry Gardner: Oakland Raiders Won’t Finish Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium On Time
At the Friday January 17th 2020 meeting of the Oakland-Alameda County Joint Powers Authority, Oakland Coliseum Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Henry Gardner, who was hired to take over for Scott McKibben, who in-turn resigned due to allegations of conflict of interest in the RingCentral Naming Rights Deal (that this Zennie62Media blogger says did not happen), took a question from Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, regarding the Oakland Raiders (which have to be called that rather than “Las Vegas Raiders” because the NFL team is not officially gone).
Supervisor Haggerty asked two questions: 1) have there been discussions with the Oakland Raiders regarding the possibility of the team activating the lease extension option for NFL Season 2020?, and 2) does he believe the Raiders will overcome the cable-net roof problem and the delays it has caused (in a story broke here on the platforms of Zennie62Media and most notably Oakland News Now), and open on time? Henry’s answers were “No, and no.” And that was that – save for a brief look over at the smartphone camera of Zennie62Media Vlogger Richard Haick.
It was also so very Henry Gardner (who was Oakland City Manager when I was economic development intern to the City of Oakland out of city planning grad school at U.C. Berkeley from 1987 to 1989): brief and short, yet so full of behind the scenes and deeper meaning. Henry Gardner is widely regarded as the best public official in the history of the City of Oakland, and for several reasons, including the one I’m about to share. He’s from the old school of public administration, and would bend the truth to maintain confidences and knows how to keep elected officials in line, as he did at that meeting.
So, Henry’s answers mean this: The first response Gardner gave is that he’s not had discussions with the Raiders executives, now that does not mean he’s not exchanged emails or text messages with Raiders brass. So, the response leaves a lot of wiggle room. It’s certainly one I would have used. The second answer is one you have to think about because the question is what is Gardner saying “no” to? He’s saying no to the question “Does he believe the Raiders will overcome the cable-net roof problem and the delays it caused, and open on time?” His answer was “no” – and Gardner left no room for doubt there.
But by his answer, it would be logical for Henry to have had some communication with the Raiders that, to a degree led him to that conclusion. But, also, Gardner is very familiar with publicly-financed projects, and can spotlight where a problem is, and if its going to be resolved in a timely fashion. This Raiders Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium is one of those projects.
I must also add that, save for a few non-Oakland-based Raiders fans, the general consensus in the sports facilities industry seems to be that Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium’s not going to be ready to host a full NFL 2020 Season.
Raiders Would Owe $10.5 Million To Oakland Coliseum JPA And For Full NFL 2020 Season
If, indeed, the Raiders elected to stay and play in Oakland at the Coliseum for NFL Season 2020, the organization would activate the lease extension it signed last year, and have to play at the historic sports palace for the entire football season. The Oakland Coliseum JPA is not entertaining a split season plan, because it has to scramble to fill the suddenly empty dates – so I am told.
Raiders’ Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium Roof Problems First Reported At Oakland News Now In June 2019
Zennie62Media has covered this topic like a blanket, and (working with a local Las Vegas blogger named Richard Lightlower) were the first to report the roof problems back in June of last year, while the Las Vegas Review Journal tried to discredit us. Now, I’m wondering if the bad bolts problem that was originally tied to the roof truss problem is also to blame for the cable-net structure’s dysfunction? To date, those problems have been treated as separate, and not related – now it seems they may related. The question is, how?
We will take this up more on Zennie62 on YouTube Live, Sunday.
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