|05-11-2005, 02:54 PM||#1|
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Join Date: Mar 2004
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Anaheim unveils plans for potential NFL stadium
Anaheim unveils plans for potential NFL stadium
May 10, 2005
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The city of Anaheim outlined plans Tuesday for a football stadium near the home of the Angels that could house an NFL franchise by 2008.
``We have an economic impact report approved for a 70,500-seat state-of-the-art stadium,'' said John Nicoletti, the city's external affairs manager. ``We are working with the NFL to finalize our term sheet for their upcoming owners meeting May 24-25 in Washington, D.C.
``We would love to be able to host NFL games in 2008.''
Anaheim is one of four sites in the greater Los Angeles area being considered for an NFL franchise. The others are the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and a proposed stadium in Carson.
Nicoletti, joined by several other city officials at the presentation, said the plan included a grand parkway that would link the stadium with Disneyland and other sports venues.
``If called upon, we are ready to make our presentation to the NFL owners at the meetings in two weeks,'' Nicoletti said.
David Carter, principal of The Sports Business Group, a marketing consultant, said after months of study he believes Anaheim is the best site for an NFL owner.
Anaheim hired the Sports Business Group last fall to ascertain the best site from an owner's perspective for an NFL franchise in the greater Los Angeles area. The proposed stadium in Anaheim is about 35 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
``If I'm an NFL owner, I think I can make more money and build my franchise value more in Anaheim than at the other sites,'' Carter said.
But, Carter added, there are other elements to consider.
``We came back with the fact that each of the four competing sites has some real attributes and each has shortcomings,'' he said. ``Ultimately, Anaheim's biggest shortcoming is the real estate values continue to escalate rapidly and the city believes there are additional uses for that land.
``(Anaheim) may be the optimal site if you're an NFL owner, but it's very expensive, almost so attractive it could be tough to justify putting an NFL stadium in there.''
The area has been without an NFL franchise since the Rams left Anaheim for St. Louis and the Raiders left Los Angeles for Oakland before the 1995 season.
|05-11-2005, 03:03 PM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2002
Meanwhile Raider Nation is having their own revolution. I found this on a raider fan site. It's actually pretty amusing. I like the part in section 5 where the fans are demanding to not be thrown out of a game when another fan throws something on the field. They are also asking for porta shiaters in the tailgating lot. I guess Al Davis doesn't seem to think that is important.
I guess all isn't well in Raider Nation.
OAKLAND RAIDERS FAN SEASON TICKET
AND PERSONAL SEAT LICENSE (PSL) ARRANGEMENT
(SINGLE PETITIONER FORM)
I, ____________________________, an acknowledged fan of the Oakland Raiders Football Team presently playing its designated home games for the National Football League at the building known as McAfee Coliseum (a.k.a. “Network Associates Coliseum” and “Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum”) located within the City of Oakland, County of Alameda and State of California, do hereby solemnly affirm the following intentions and petitions with my affixed signature and designation of my physical address on the Single Petitioner Form. Moreover, when combined with the Single Petitioner Forms of other fans who have signed a similar document distributed by concerned parties such as Oakland Raiders booster organizations, these combined documents shall be considered to be a single petition for action bearing the total signature count that reflects the number of individual Single Petitioner Forms properly signed and bearing verifiable addresses. These, combined with the Multiple Petitioner Forms for the same subject matter shall also constitute a single Petition for the changes to the current and future policies that we are seeking.
1.) RECOGNITION OF FANS AS INDIVIDUAL STAKEHOLDERS IN THE CRAFTING OF THE NEW PSL-SEASON TICKET ARRANGEMENT AND STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.
That as a fan of the Oakland Raiders, and individual contributor to the financial success of the team and their current tenant-landlord, the Oakland-Alameda County JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY (heretofore referred to as the JPA), that I am a rightful stakeholder in the process of crafting a Season Ticket and Personal Seat License (PSL) agreement that does not unfairly create an excessive financial burden on the taxpayers of the City of Oakland, the County of Alameda, the State of California or the persons holding said Personal Seat Licenses (PSLs) and the purchasers of season tickets derived from the lawful possession of the Personal Seat License (PSL) or from the rightful exercise of rights by the designated agent of the Joint Powers Authority, the Oakland Football Marketing Association (OFMA) to sell season tickets to the games played by the Raiders at McAfee Stadium after a reasonable period for selling PSLs in a given calendar or fiscal year has passed. I, and my fellow petitioners affirm that we are united in our desire to see the following conditions met in the crafting of the new PSL-Season Ticket holder arrangement.
2.) DESIGNATION OF THE PERSONAL SEAT LICENSE AS A “PERMANENT” SEAT LICENSE.
In deference to the fact that the original License period was supposed to already pay for improvements to the Coliseum, I the undersigned request and require that this next License period designate holders of the PSL as permanent stakeholders in the process of purchasing Oakland Raiders season tickets and that the rights of the PSL holders shall be maintained in perpetuity until such time as the Oakland Raiders organization and the Joint Powers Authority dissolve their lease agreement and the Oakland Raiders Football Team ceases playing National Football League games at McAfee Coliseum for a period of at least one (1) full season or 365 calendar days, whichever is greater.
This measure is a necessary confirmation that the fans are appreciated for their efforts in shouldering the costs of renovating and improving McAfee Coliseum and will, in perpetuity, be likewise compensated for spending monies and maintaining a faithful relationship with the Oakland Raiders Football Club, their leaseholder, the Joint Powers Authority. This request is not without precedent as many other National Football League franchises and their venues have crafted well thought out and executed Personal Seat License agreements in which the License period was either 25 years in length or a lifetime.
Moreover, I the undersigned do hold faith with my fellow Raiders fans that we believe that Personal Seat Licenses should be transferrable from party to party and inheritable from family member to family member as designated in Wills, Living Trusts and similar documents. Doing so will make individual PSL agreements part of family lives above and beyond the simple game-day experience and foster further sales of PSLs, Season Tickets and game-day tickets.
Otherwise, I the undersigned do affirm the will of my fellow Raiders fans that if the Personal Seat Licenses are not assigned permanently and that fees are not assigned fairly to their purchase, that we would rather see the dissolution of the PSL program and simply pay for Season Ticket packages on a year-to-year basis without the threat of, “No PSL, no season tickets,” that used to accompany the publicity for PSLs. Our affirmation is this, that if PERMANENT Personal Seat Licenses will not be part of the 2006-2010 plan, then we have no vested interested in purchasing them. It is the turn of the JPA to compromise, not ours.
3.) FAIRNESS IN ASSIGNING PERSONAL SEAT LICENSE FEES TO THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT OAKLAND RAIDERS LEASE AGREEMENT.
It has recently been brought to our attention that the current proposed fees for the new and renewed Personal Seat Licenses (PSLs) for the lease period beginning with the 2006 season and ending with the 2010 season reflects a cost of roughly seventy-five per-cent (75%) of the cost of the original lease-period PSLs, the licensing period of which ran from the 1995 to 2005 seasons. I the undersigned agree with my fellow fans that this actually constitutes an unfair increase in the price of the granted PSL on a per-annum basis. The Oakland Raiders’ fans, their families and friends do not need to bear the burden of mismanaged accounting during the sales of PSLs during the original License period not the feelings of ill-will and lost sales that have resulted therefrom.
Moreover, it is our belief that attempts such as this to compress debts into License fees will only serve to deter sales and furthermore prevent the success of overall sales of Oakland Raiders PSLs, Season Tickets and game-day tickets.
4.) FAIRNESS IN ASSIGNING PERSONAL SEAT LICENSE FEES AND GAME-DAY TICKET PRICES TO SEATS IN THE EXPANDED SEATING AREA ON THE EAST SIDE OF McAFEE COLISEUM.
As Oakland Raiders fans, we recognize the past and present need of the Joint Powers Authority and the Raiders organization to expand part of the building presently known as McAfee Stadium to a more-modern attendance figure. However, we consider the fact that the seats added to the east side of McAfee Stadium at sections 335 to 355 are so much higher and so much farther away from the game than sections 300-334, that it is unconscionable to charge a price that is similar to closer, easier to climb seats. In the three zones of the new east side addition, the following game-day ticket prices are suggested: Sections 340-350, $54 instead of $69; Sections 339, 351, 335-338 (lower seats) and 352-355 (lower seats), $44 instead of $59; and Sections 335-338 plus 352-355 (upper seats), $37 instead of $47 dollars.
Personal Seat Licenses for these sections should also reflect a similar lowering of cost. I the undersigned share the beliefs of my fellow Raiders fans that lowering prices in this elevated and further-away section of the Coliseum will foster further good will and drive Personal Seat License sales, Season Ticket sales and game-day ticket sales.
5.) FAN HOSPITALITY ON THE PART OF COMBINED MANAGEMENTS
I the undersigned recognize my role in making the Oakland Raiders and the Joint Powers Authority profitable through my purchases of the Personal Seat Licenses, Season Tickets, Parking Fees, Concession Sales and other usages of the facilities at McAfee Coliseum. However, more can be done. The following suggestions are advanced.
Announcements on the part of the JPA regarding the dates and times of open-forum meetings regarding the upcoming and current ticket agreements that are held at the McAfee Coliseum Arena Our suggestion is that these meetings be announced through the Oakland Football Marketing Association website (http://www.ofma.com).
OFMA should disclose the following logistical information regarding the status of present PSLs: the locations of all seats and suites sold and reserved for PSL holders, seats sold and reserved for parties purchasing season tickets after PSL sales deadlines in any given season and seats which are otherwise reserved away from sales to local patrons. It has been our experience that game-day tickets on the visiting side of the field seem to have been sold to out-of-town customers, disallowing local fans from purchasing 50-yard line seating on the visiting side of the field. Reasonable efforts to have this information in advance should be made and a map of available seats should be made available of the OFMA website so fans can make informed consumer choices. In many cases, OFMA employees have not provided the correct seating information for customers wishing to make these decisions and some partial or complete automation of the process that lets customers see the same database of available seats would make things easier on both the customer and the OFMA employees alike.
Overnight Parking for vehicles arriving in advance of the game. During the course of the last 5 seasons, Oakland Raiders fans have been arriving earlier and earlier and, in cooperation with City and County law enforcement, have parked away from the Coliseum to keep the 66th Avenue area clear of traffic hazards. Opening the parking lot and having facilities like portable toilets available to fans would greatly increase safety. A time of 3:00 A.M. the morning of the game is suggested for early-opening of the parking lot.
Stationing of portable toilets near fan-gathering areas outside of the Coliseum on days prior to games to assist with local maintenance and hygiene of the surrounding area.
VIP-style events for Personal Seat License holders at the Coliseum on game days and outside of game-days. Other teams do this for their PSL holders, not just luxury-box buyers.
Stronger coordination of the efforts of parking personnel. Employees of the current designated parking vendor should be educated on extending the proper courtesy and assistance to guests instead of just “cattle herding.” Not all employees of the current vendor are guilty of this, but all of them should be aware that are not simply there to irritate them.
Allowance on the part of SMG or other vendor-designated security personnel of water bottles and small carry-in food items during Raiders games. These items are allowed for fans attending Oakland Athletics games. The double standard is neither appreciated nor desired. Simply eject or arrest people who throw things at the field during games, but don’t make the rest of us pay the price for it. The need for water, especially on the north side of the Coliseum until the third quarter can be daunting, and a conscientious fan shouldn’t have to pay a concession stand price or leave his or her seat every time (s)he needs a drink.
6.) MANAGEMENT/MEDIA PURCHASE OF TICKETS ON GAME DAYS AND OTHER PROMOTIONS
I the undersigned do hereby agree with my fellow Raiders fans that game-day sellouts are attainable and reasonable to expect with the strong following that the Raiders football team has in the Bay Area. To wit, we believe the following steps can and should be taken in the event a game-day sellout is in danger of not happening.
Create a window of opportunity for the financially disadvantaged to purchase inexpensive game-day tickets in the expanded upper east portion of the Coliseum at a lower-than-face-value price. This window of opportunity should be extended starting 48 hours prior to the National Football League’s imposed sellout deadline and should continue through the day of the game. Persons who can prove that they are currently receiving aid and/or are on a limited income program should be eligible for the discounted tickets. Moreover, this policy, if implemented, should not be rescinded if the National Football League rescinds its 72-hour sellout policy.
In the event that ticket sales figures are not met by the sellout deadline, and less than five-thousand (5,000) seat sales are required to meet the sellout figure, then Raiders Management, OFMA/JPA management and other concerned local media and community entities should purchase – and whenever possible, distribute – the remaining tickets to charitable organizations similar to those outlined above.
Charity events awarding Raiders game-day tickets in expensive areas of the Coliseum should be spearheaded by the JPA and the Raiders football team. Toys for Tots, canned foods for the hungry, donations of books, linens, clothing and other recognizable charities with strongly established distribution systems should be encourage to participate. Ticket distributions done in this manner should be properly accounted for, reflect positively on the Raiders organization and the JPA and should be given a proper tax-break by the City, County, State and Federal Governments.
Using these ancillary methods for distributing tickets will not only fill the Coliseum, creating actual and virtual positive accounting, but generate an even bigger positive: CIVIC PRIDE. Without pride in the product on the field, without pride and faith in the persons trying to sell the tickets, any new PSL agreement is only “more of the same,” and ultimately meaningless. Civic Pride in the Raiders organization and the organizations that market their tickets will ultimately create the good will needed to sell McAfee Coliseum out on Raiders’ game days.
NAME (printed): _____________________________
SIGNATURE: ________________________ ______________________________
(address must be verifiable and permanent)
|05-12-2005, 08:11 AM||#3|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Mile High
The title of this thread should be "Al Davis moves team to Anaheim after receiving copy of PSL Pettition". I'm sure he's on the phone with his lawyers preparing to file a suit against anyone who is involved with the petition!
A few points:
1.Why do Raiderfans need porta-potties?
2.Isn't it bad enough at NAC already? Imagine raiderfan in the lot the night before the game.
3.Reduce prices for the dis-advantaged Aren't all raiderfans welfare recipients?
4. Al Davis giving away tickets! BAAAWAAHAAAA, now that funny!
5. VIP EVENTS? At that DUMP!
|05-12-2005, 09:24 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Folsom Prison
maybe they can name themselves the angels.
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