The Rays aren't the only team trying to get a new stadium built, and the Oakland A's today unveiled their latest plans — for a new stadium in the Howard Terminal area of Oakland to open in 2023 and a redevelopment of the current site of the Coliseum.
The A's say it will be a "privately financed ballpark" that will seat 34,000 and "anchor a new, vibrant, waterfront district" including housing, restaurants, retail, small business and public spaces, though some reports suggest they will use federal tax dollars to subsidize constructions costs through development in the area.
Also of note, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the site is too windy to be open to the waterfront so a viewing deck will be built, and the lack of parking necessitates plans for "an aerial gondola to shuttle 6,000 fans an hour from downtown Oakland over Interstate 880 and the railroad tracks."
Here are some of the pretty pictures the team released today, with more information available at oaklandballpark.com :
The ballpark at Howard Terminal returns the baseball experience to the roots of the sport, while reimagining the ballpark anew. A “ballpark within a park,” the intimate stadium is nestled carefully into its urban surroundings. https://t.co/vLuiX01aT0#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/ZjTXknlU1A— Oakland Athletics ⚾️ (@Athletics) November 28, 2018
“We are excited to build a bold, iconic ballpark at Howard Terminal. This design will allow us to blur the boundaries of a traditional ballpark and integrate into the surrounding neighborhood.” - @DaveKaval https://t.co/vLuiX01aT0#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/g46FK7N2ny— Oakland Athletics ⚾️ (@Athletics) November 28, 2018
The privately financed ballpark will anchor a new, vibrant, waterfront district that will feature housing, including affordable housing, restaurants, retail, small business space, and public gathering spaces. https://t.co/vLuiX01aT0#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/xA4KS8F4x4— Oakland Athletics ⚾️ (@Athletics) November 28, 2018
We also plan to pursue a second project to redevelop the Coliseum site. There, we seek to transform the current site in ways that will address several specific community needs and opportunities expressed by East Oakland residents. https://t.co/vLuiX01aT0 #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/qyAaffvR2F— Oakland Athletics ⚾️ (@Athletics) November 28, 2018
Preliminary plans include a large park, surrounded by substantial new housing, including affordable housing, a skills center, community gathering space, office and retail developments, and restaurants. https://t.co/vLuiX01aT0#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/aCe5dfOYBS— Oakland Athletics ⚾️ (@Athletics) November 28, 2018
"We are also committed to delivering a baseball experience for our fans like no other. Our proposed two-project approach will enable us to deliver on our promises to both our fans and community.” - @DaveKaval. For more information, visit https://t.co/vLuiX01aT0#RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/HSqZX7DlH8— Oakland Athletics ⚾️ (@Athletics) November 28, 2018