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COVER: Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has been angling for years to escape from the nearly 50-year-old Coliseum, originally named the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum when it opened in 1966. CREATIVE COMMONS PHOTO


A sports insider’s report that Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis owns property between San Antonio and Austin has sparked media speculation that the San Marcos area could be in the running to host a National Football League franchise.

NFL team owners voted on Tuesday to allow the St. Louis Rams to relocate to Los Angeles, ending the Raiders’ bid to move to the nation’s second-largest media market and rekindling San Antonio’s hopes of luring the team to the Interstate 35 corridor. Two days later, former Spurs and Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs told ESPN Radio that he pitched San Antonio to Davis this week and they have “got the whole program put together.”

“The stakes are so high for a city like San Antonio that is on the cusp of being an NFL market that it is worth making every effort. This may be our best chance in decades,” San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros told the San Antonio Business Journal.

Citing three un-named sources, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole said on Wednesday, “Davis already has a parcel of land that sits between San Antonio and Austin — it splits the difference between those two cities — where he could ultimately build a stadium.”

San Marcos and San Antonio officials told Culture Map Austin that they were not aware of Davis owning property in the corridor, but said “they’d be delighted to extend an invitation to an NFL team and explore construction of a stadium in our region.”

Given its prime location along I-35 and between Austin and San Antonio, San Marcos would be a “natural play” for an NFL stadium, says Lance Aldridge, executive director of the Austin Sports Commission. …

Adriana Cruz, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, a regional economic development agency, says an NFL stadium in San Marcos would align with her nonprofit’s stated goal of accommodating “destination attractions,” such as a major-league sports venue or an amusement park. She also says a stadium would complement San Marcos’ various amenities, particularly the two outlet malls, which collectively draw about 14 million visitors a year.

“Could we be home to a major stadium? Absolutely,” Cruz says.

An NFL stadium in San Marcos is “certainly something that makes a lot of sense — a lot of logistical sense, a lot of economic sense,” she says.

FOX Sports also picked up the story of a potential San Marcos professional football stadium:

As the theory goes, Davis has secured a parcel of land about halfway in between Austin and San Antonio — about 80 miles apart — where a new stadium could potentially be located, creating leverage in his dealings with Oakland.

Davis has plenty of reasons to drop his team right between San Antonio and Austin. The two cities would offer his team over 2.3 million football-hungry sports fans. His players would enjoy a state without income taxes.


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12 thoughts on “Could San Marcos land the Oakland Raiders? ‘A natural play,’ officials say

  1. The Greater San Marcos Partnership really mentions the outlet mall as the only specifically mentioned amenity this city has to offer? Really? Isn’t that one of the comments that caused Cabelas to build in Buda instead of San Marcos? Yes the mall should be listed but also the airport and the close proximity for box seat holders which many would travel by private plane to the event. Please do not mention the HI 80/I35 experimental intersection though as that might cause them to look elsewhere. What is the status on the loop anyway? Maybe we might get a nice Welcome to San Marcos sign at either end of the town on I35? I do not think Giant Longhorns across the over pass would work but at least someone provided an idea, what 15 years ago, that has yet to be followed up on. As they want to move hear please, please let us not stick out foot in our mouths. Think big and think of amenities in a 40 mile radius of this city. Give them reason to want to be in the geographical center. Yes San Antonio and Austin revolve around San Marcos. There is a billboard in Schertz that reads San Antonio, Schertz’s largest suburb.

  2. What a joke! There is more to San Marcos than NFL stadiums could ever bring in. It’s a historical downtown that will now just be turned into a bunch of ridiculous drunks and crazied football fans.

  3. She said “various amenities, particularly the outlet mall”……it didn’t read to me as a slight to anything else, just an (accurate) quote. If people are coming here to watch the game and we want them to spend a weekend here too, there’s nothing we have to offer that’s going to be as attractive as the outlets.

    I mean, there’s the river, but it’s a lot less of an attraction during football season than it would be during the summer. And there’s downtown, but our downtown is already crippled by a lack of parking.

  4. Baha!!!
    Jordan quotes ” It’s a historical downtown that will now just be turned into a bunch of ridiculous drunks and crazied football fans.” As opposed to the quiet little downtown square that it is now and has been for yrs- with probably 90% of “historical downtown” being bars in these historical buildings catering to obnoxious college students and the other 10 % being their living quarters for night after night partying – I think it’s safe to assume their would be no real viable change. Sounds like someone is a little scared of “change” now what type of people would be more prone to wanting things to remain “status quo?” You got it- the big wigs who do NOT want competition. And oh yes, whereas your pockets are pretty deep and wallets pretty padded I’m going to take an educated guess here and say you are probably going to be chump change for these guys. And you may have to actually start sharing that spotlight – and humble yourselves just a tad…. Sooo soooo sad you now know what it’s like to feel a bit threatened. If people weren’t so greed stricken you could see thatbitbwoukd be a win win opportunity for everyone…….. Smh …. Wow – downtown would just turn into a bunch of ridiculous drunk crazed football fans.. Rotflmao!!!!

  5. Sign me up for season tickets. Maybe they will put it by the outlets with a theme park. They should also add a rail between Austin and San Antonio that would be close enough for fans from both cities to use to go to the game. How awesome would that be. Would be excited not having to drive 3 hours to watch a NFL Game. Remember concession stands are typically ran by booster clubs as fund raising for organizations. What an amazing opportunity for schools to fund raise there.

  6. NO NO NO, just doesn’t give it a classy name when you call them the San Marcos Raiders, sounds like a Mexican gang, please stay in Oakland…..

  7. Hey, I did go to Nichols Tire store recently. First time I’ve been to our “historical downtown” since Serur’s Men Shop closed their doors.

  8. The chances of the Raiders relocating here are remote. However, if they do, you can bet they’d be called the San Antonio Raiders or even the Texas Raiders.

    San Antonio has pro league brand panache thanks to the Spurs, so if it were me, I’d go with that. Texas Raiders sounds too close to Texas Rangers.

    This would probably be a net benefit to San Marcos so long as we don’t give up too much in incentives and abatements. I mean, if Oakland can’t pay for a new stadium, we sure as hell can’t. And San Antonio may be interested in throwing money at it, but I don’t see that happening if the stadium is all the way up here.

    In fact, this land purchase could even serve as a bargaining chip that Davis could use to his advantage when negotiating with San Antonio, if he does decide to move. These guys are always thinking five steps ahead. That’s how they make the $$$$.

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