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Athletics Announce Plans for Site of New Stadium in Oakland

Athletics Announce Plans for Site of New Stadium in Oakland”

Through a letter to Peralta district Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, team president Dave Kaval announced his intentions to pursue the West Oakland site.

With the impending departure of the Golden State Warriors for San Francisco and the Oakland Raiders for Las Vegas, the Oakland A's will soon be the only major professional franchise in town.

It's always been rumored that the Laney College site was the preferred one and those rumors were borne out Wednesday with the official announcement that the team intends to build a new 35,000-seat, privately financed ballpark there.

"Finally, we've got our site", Kaval said of the 13-acre location near downtown, which the A's selected after also considering rebuilding the Oakland Coliseum site, as well as land on the waterfront northwest of Jack London Square. "It's really the strongest location when it comes to private financing, and that's really an important component to be successful". This site was chosen by the A's over a waterfront site at the Howard Terminal (a site pushed by Oakland elected officials, including Mayor Libby Schaaf, but one rejected by the team because of the vast challenge in developing the site and the lack of public transit near the ballpark) and the existing Oakland Coliseum site. This location, Kaval said, is the best option for a privately funded stadium, getting clear of the Oakland-owned Coliseum which was, perhaps, the best option in regards to ease of mass transit use, another of the team's points of focus.

Kaval certainly has experience of relocating sports teams into new premises.

There he spearheaded the construction of Avaya Stadium, an 18,000-seat soccer-specific arena that opened in 2015 to rave reviews.

While the A's hope to play their first game at their $500 million plus ballpark in 2023, a lot needs to happen before things go forward.



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