For more than half a decade the city of Concord has been conducting a community conversation to consider what might be done with the 5,000 acres of Concord Naval Weapons Station land once it is formally decommissioned by the federal government and turned over to the city.

There have been plenty of ideas, many of which are excellent.

But last weekend that conversation was joined by none other than the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League.

Mark Davis, the team's managing general partner, spent about 90 minutes touring the area as a possible stadium site for the Raiders, who currently share O.co Coliseum with the Oakland A's.

Oakland Raiders fans cheer in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)
Oakland Raiders fans cheer in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

While the possibility might seem intriguing to some, it is a long, long way from reality and may be little more than a flight of fancy.

Neither fans in the Contra Costa area -- who would no doubt love to have the Raiders -- nor fans from the inner East Bay -- who likely want the Raiders to stay put -- should expect action anytime soon. In fact, the odds are stacked against any such action.

At this point, the notion of building an NFL stadium on the former Navy base is nothing more than an exploration of options by the Raiders. We don't think it even reaches the level of trial balloon.

Even if such were to happen, it would not occur for many years.


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With that said, however, both the A's and the Raiders have been making noises about wanting new playing facilities. They are the only remaining franchises that regularly use the same stadium facility for both NFL games and Major League Baseball games.

The problems inherent in that manifested last weekend as the Raiders had to delay the start time of the team's Sunday home game against the San Diego Chargers -- which was originally scheduled for 1:15 p.m. -- until 8:30 p.m. because of the time necessary to change the seating configuration from the A's Saturday playoff game.

The A's ownership has been trying to move the baseball team to San Jose, but it so far has been blocked from doing so because San Jose is in the franchise area of the San Francisco Giants.

The Raiders also have designs on obtaining a new, football-only venue. The Raiders played in Oakland from 1960 through 1982 at which time Mark Davis' father, Al, moved the team to Los Angeles. The Raiders returned to Oakland in 1995 after substantial changes were made to the Coliseum.

Even though much of the Raiders' fan base lives in the East Bay, we should not hold our collective breath about the team moving to Concord.