Costa Mesa considers plan to host Raiders training camp – NBC Los Angeles

The Las Vegas Raiders may be making a temporary return to Southern California.

The silver-and-black franchise, which has bounced from Oakland to Los Angeles and back to Oakland before landing in Las Vegas, would at least spend at least part of its preseason training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa to hold. scheduled for consideration at Tuesday’s Orange County City Council meeting.

“Costa Mesa is proud to be one of only two cities in the country to host an NFL team’s summer training camp in a public facility,” said Costa Mesa City Manager Lori Ann Farrell Harrison. “Jack Hammett is a treasure and we are excited to potentially coach a new NFL team here.”

The team still has a strong fan base in Southern California, where the Raiders played at the LA Memorial Coliseum for 12 seasons beginning in 1982. The team moved back to Oakland before heading to Las Vegas in 2020.

Under the one-year deal under consideration, the team would use the sports complex’s fields from mid-July through August 11. The proposed agreement would include improvements to the sports complex’s fields, a junior training camp and other contributions.

The Raiders are currently holding preseason training camp at the team’s practice facility in Henderson, Nevada. A move to Costa Mesa would mean five NFL teams with training camps in the area, along with the Cowboys and Saints, and the hometown Los Angeles Rams and Chargers.

The Jack Hammett Sports Complex, named for a well-known figure in the city’s government and civic affairs, was used by the University of Alabama as the Crimson Tide prepared for the university’s 2010 national championship game at the Rose Bowl. Florida State practiced at the sprawling facility prior to the 2014 national championship game.

The Chargers and Costa Mesa had an agreement that the team would hold training camps downtown through 2026, but the team informed the city in 2022 that 2023 would likely be the last at the complex with a move to a new training center in El Segundo. in the works.

“I am pleased to welcome the Las Vegas Raiders and their loyal fans, ‘Raider Nation,’ to the great city of Costa Mesa for training camp this summer,” said Mayor John Stephens. “The Raiders and Costa Mesa share a commitment to excellence, and our partnership will greatly benefit the community. Many thanks to Newport-Mesa School District, especially Costa Mesa High School, for partnering with us in this endeavor. To To quote Al Davis: ‘Just win, baby!’