December 11, 2023

OAKLAND — The athletics compound that after served because the headquarters for a number of skilled sports activities groups, together with the Raiders, has been sitting empty for months, with nobody prepared to purchase it.

That might spell bother for Oakland, the place officers expect the sale to yield tens of millions of {dollars} by subsequent yr. The income would assist patch up what metropolis leaders name the most important funds deficit in Oakland’s historical past.

After an public sale in the summertime noticed zero bidders step ahead, officers in Alameda County and town of Oakland — the businesses that collectively personal the property — gained’t disclose a lot about their plans, saying solely that they’re “discussing subsequent steps.”

The compound sits on 16 acres divided into two parcels on Alameda’s Bay Farm Island, a stone’s throw from the coast and some miles from the Oakland Airport.

It features a slick athletics coaching facility, some places of work that after served because the Raiders headquarters, a number of turf soccer fields and huge concrete parking area — all set in opposition to the scenic backdrop of the flatland that results in the ocean harbor.

After the Raiders ditched Oakland for Las Vegas, upstart soccer franchise Oakland Roots SC moved into the compound in 2021, paying hire to make use of the power as a observe grounds and headquarters till they have been kicked out earlier this yr forward of the deliberate sale.

The soccer workforce’s administration has beforehand mentioned that buying the location wasn’t a precedence, particularly when the minimal bid on the county’s public sale in the summertime was slightly below $36 million.

Oakland expects to absorb practically half of that and put it towards a $360 million deficit that earlier this yr led town to squeeze a few of its departments and depart job positions unfilled.

ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 20: Oakland Raiders broad receiver Anthony Brown warms up earlier than observe on the Raiders observe facility in Alameda, Calif., on Friday, Could 3, 2019. (Ray Chavez/Bay Space Information Group)