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A waterfront site for the A’s in Oakland? Eh, not so fast.

Dec 16, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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There’s a story in the San Francisco Chronicle about how backers of keeping the A’s in Oakland — including the mayor and some business leaders — are touting a waterfront site in Oakland as a potential home for a new A’s ballpark. They talk it up big. There are pretty pictures of what a waterfront park may look like. A’s owner Lew Wolff says it’s not happening, however.

Some great context about why it may not be happening — and if it is happening, won’t be for many, many years — can be read abut over at Newballpark.org. They detail how regulatory matters such as the site’s designation for port usage make this way more difficult than simply putting together some pretty artist’s renderings and holding press conferences and rallies.

Say, how about Montreal?

  1. jkcalhoun - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Having moved from east to west at roughly the latitude of Interstate 70, is it time for the A’s to do it all over again at roughly the latitude of the Trans-Canada Highway?

  2. El Bravo - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Looks like the A’s are destined to play in Poo Palace forevermore.

  3. davidbrentfan - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    The A’s will never get the local support they deserve until they move out of Oakland. They will never get a new stadium in Oakland.

  4. hojo20 - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    How about just re-do the Coliseum and tear down Mount Davis.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Until the Raiders decide to leave, Mount Davis will be there. And the type of “re-do” that place needs involves a whole bunch of TNT, and @ 500 million bucks.

  5. APBA Guy - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Craig-nice work linking to Newballpark. Perfect!

  6. sfm073 - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Neither city deserves a team.

  7. gloccamorra - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    When will people realize the A’s owner is a real estate developer, and the existing “ballpark” and all other Oakland possibilities have no redevelopment possibilities to interest him? He’s got his heart set on San Jose, site of his earlier development exploits, and where there’s ample room for ballpark-related development already on the drawing boards. The only way Oakland will interest him is if the city uses eminent domain to clear about 50 acres in the heart of the city and sell it to him for $10,000/acre, +/-.

  8. billybawl - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I don’t know which is the funniest part of the proposed ballpark renderings: the inclusion of a basketball arena for the Warriors, or the giant container cranes. I assume the cranes are nonfunctional pieces of art, but do sports fans love to look at cranes? It’s more pleasant to look at Mt. Davis.

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