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The A’s have their new lease and have hired an architect for a possible Oakland ballpark

Aug 8, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

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After very contentious proceedings to get the A’s a new 10-year lease for the Coliseum, the new agreement was finally ratified on Wednesday. At the ratification, Lew Wolff showed up and revealed something which may — may — signal the A’s are going to stay in Oakland long-term:

A’s co-owner Lew Wolff celebrated the final ratification of a 10-year lease extension by shaking hands with local officials and revealing that he has approached an architect to work on designs for a new ballpark adjacent to Coliseum . . .The lease deal requires Wolff to enter “good faith” discussions about building a new ballpark in Oakland. After several years of trying to move the team south — first to Fremont and then to San Jose — Wolff has indicated that he is seriously giving Oakland a second look.

Obviously there are tons of issues here, but there is now more time to work through it. And, possibly, a willingness by Wolff to do so in Oakland. Or, at the very least, a realization that he doesn’t have any clear way to get the A’s to another, more desirable city.

  1. bringbackkosar - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    awesome, will be the ultimate bathroom remodeling project

  2. rocketsteadman - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    He has approached an architect? Was it this one?

    • uwsptke - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Art Vandelay wasn’t a very good architect, but at least he’s trying to redeem himself as an importer/exporter of fine latex products.

  3. ud1951 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    The problem with trying to build a ballpark in any big city is that the local government folks are always going to try to get you to do some form of urban renewal they have neglected for years and you end up with a ballpark within walking distance of soup kitchens, homeless shelters and neighborhoods filled with folks who can’t afford to buy your tickets. Even if it works, they only play 81 games a year there, so it is not the economic engine for the surrounding area folks like to think. I would be looking north and east from Oakland if south is ruled out.

    • clydeserra - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      so, its your opinion that local governments should be building neighborhoods?

    • gloccamorra - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      Not so! In San Diego, The Padres wanted to stay in Mission Valley, but the financing was downtown. In the process, they drove out the sleazy stuff and surrounded the ballpark with high rise luxury condos instead of parking. Every ballpark story is different, except for the parts where you shake your head and wonder why they did THAT.

  4. deepstblu - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Actually, as often as not the new ballpark winds up being pretty close to the old ballpark (see both New York teams, St. Louis, Philly, Cinci, the White Sox).

  5. El Pollo Loco - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Let Darryl Hall or Vanilla Ice design it

  6. jimeejohnson - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Just remember it’s going to be the home of the Oakland Raiders, so it needs plenty of….beer concessions!

    • gloccamorra - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      No, they want a baseball-only ballpark, so the Raiders can have O.C. stadium for themselves (though they’ll probably want a new one anyway.)

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