Even if you’re not a fan of the Oakland A’s…you gotta admit this is gonna be pretty cool: the team has announced plans to build a new, privately funded stadium on the Oakland waterfront. On their website, the team says the new stadium will also feature housing–including affordable housing–restaurants, retail, small business space and public gathering space. In addition, the team says the location of the current ballpark will be redeveloped “in ways to address several specific community needs” including a large park for open space, office and retail space and substantial new housing.
According to Kyle Madison, a colleague of ours at our sister station Sports 1140 KHTK –and a diehard A’s fan–the proposal is just that for now, but is already “further along than any other proposal”. Madison says there are still several steps the project needs to go through before becoming anything close to reality, including environmental impact studies, and that any sort of final plan to move forward and break ground is still “multiple years away”. But, Madison notes that as an A’s fan himself, he’s more hopeful than he’s ever been that a new stadium will happen and that the team will stay in Oakland.
Below is a Twitter thread from the team that includes drawings of some of the plans
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