Coliseum OKs Luxury Box Offer for Raiders : Stadium: The football team’s rent would be put aside to build the amenities. Its officials have been talking to other cities about relocating.

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The Coliseum Commission approved a contract proposal Tuesday that would put all rent the Raiders pay this fall into a fund to build special luxury boxes, with the money being returned to the team if the boxes are not built.

Acting in a closed session, the commission authorized the project director of its ongoing $42-million earthquake repair, Don C. Webb, to make the offer to the team, which has yet to commit itself to play in Los Angeles this year and has not even sent out season-ticket applications.

Raider officials could not be reached for comment. The team has been paying about $800,000 rent per year, not nearly enough to build the boxes. The remainder of the money presumably would come from a loan.


The Raiders’ managing general partner, Al Davis, has made it clear that he hopes to get a commitment to build luxury boxes at the Coliseum, bringing it up to the standards of other National Football League stadiums, before deciding whether to remain in Los Angeles.

Davis has met with officials from Oakland, Baltimore, Orlando, Fla. and New Haven, Conn., for talks about moving the team, but it is not clear whether he is serious about such a plan or is trying to put pressure on the Coliseum Commission.

Coliseum officials say they lack the resources to match the other cities’ offers, but they suggest that the long-range profit potential of remaining in Los Angeles exceeds that of the other cities.

Whether the latest commission offer will prove enough for the Raiders was uncertain Tuesday. The commission’s president, Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, emphasized that the offer is not for a new multiyear contract tying the team to the Coliseum, but instead is a promise to negotiate in good faith for a long-term deal.

The offer calls for the same 50-50 split of concession revenues that has been in effect, said the commission’s vice president, Los Angeles City Council President John Ferraro.


In another decision, the commission voted to remove immediately the video scoreboards atop the peristyle to facilitate earthquake repairs. Webb said substitute boards will be provided by the opening of the fall football season.


Webb and prime contractor Ronald Tutor said the Coliseum repair project has been tougher than expected. Nonetheless, they said, the stadium will be ready by September.