The A's lengthy pursuit of a new stadium took a big step forward on Wednesday as the team and Oakland officials announced plans to build a 34,000-seat "jewel box" waterfront ballpark in the city and redevelop the 111-acre site of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. But is it? I don't have a dog in this fight, but outgoing city council member Desley Brooks isn't a fan.
Team President Dave Kaval had hoped to finalize a site by the end of the year, and the A's made the announcement Wednesday they had settled on the Howard Terminal site. She also mentioned that the people of Oakland weren't given alternatives to building elsewhere because there are no leaders emerging to help out the process.
Kaval says the A's will build a "bold, iconic ballpark" and the "design will allow us to blur the boundaries of a traditional ballpark and integrate into the surrounding neighborhood".
Artist's rendering of proposed Oakland A's ballpark at Howard Terminal.
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The team wants to turn the Coliseum acreage into a technology, housing, sports and entertainment complex.
You can check out illustrations of what the new park and redeveloped area around the Coliseum are expected to look like here. The Oracle Arena, where the Golden State Warriors are playing until 2019, will remain standing and host events such as concerts.
The park, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is set to be opened in 2023.