Oakland Athletics release plans to build new stadium at Howard Terminal and redevelop Coliseum site
The Oakland Athletics and president Dave Kaval have officially announced their intentions to build a stadium at Howard Terminal, and to pursue a second project to redevelop the current site of the Oakland Coliseum.
The A’s who at this time a year ago saw their preferred site adjacent to Laney College near downtown Oakland, owned by the Peralta Community College District, fall through have long viewed Howard Terminal, on the east edge of Oakland, as a highly-desirable spot on which to build a new ballpark. If all goes according to plan, construction on the 34,000-seat stadium will begin in 2020, with a planned opening in the spring of 2023.
The plan released by the team describes a new, privately-financed stadium as the centerpiece of a new waterfront development in Jack London Square, a “ballpark within a park,” surrounded by green space, restaurants, housing and small businesses. The second part of the plan will involve re-development of the current Coliseum site (once the Golden State Warriors vacate Oracle Arena).
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, Kaval said in a statement. However, this undertaking is bigger than baseball. In addition to developing at Howard Terminal, we plan to redevelop the Coliseum to help that site realize its full potential for the residents of Oakland for the long-term. We look forward to contin....