Some pro football teams have itchy feet:
Owner Jack Kent Cooke wants a stadium in the area that can seat 70,000 to 75,000 people, to replace RFK Stadium, capacity 55,750. RFK has no skyboxes; the new stadium would have as many as 200. RFK lease expires in 1990.
Los Angeles Raiders:
Owner Al Davis said last month he will move the team to Irwindale, a town of about 1,000 that agreed to lend the team $115 million to build a 65,000-seat stadium with 80 "luxury boxes." The Los Angeles Coliseum had blocked Davis' request to add skyboxes. Coliseum lease ex ires in 1991; Raiders are said to want out sooner.
Owner Michael McCaskey wants to leave Soldier Field, capacity 65,000 plus 60 skyboxes, for a new stadium with the same number of general seats as well as 10,000 club seats and 240 skyboxes. No site selected.
Owner Rankin Smith wants a domed stadium that could hold 70,000 seats, plus skyboxes. Now playing in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, capacity 60,748, with 36 luxury suites added by Smith. Stadium lease expires in 1990.
Owner Bud Adams is unhappy with the Astrodome, maximum capacity 50,594 plus 55 skyboxes, and is weighing an offer from Jacksonville to refurbish the 82,000-seat Gator Bowl, increasing its 28 skyboxes by a substantial amount and guaranteeing revenue of $115.2 million over 10 years. Astrodome lease expires in 1988.
St. Louis Cardinals:
Owner Bill Bidwill wants to stop sharing Busch Stadium with the baseball Cardinals. At 54,200, stadium capacity is second smallest in the NFL. It has 53 skyboxes, but Bidwell wants 70,000 seats plus 180 skyboxes. Stadium lease expires in 1996 but could be ended by mutual agreement.