The A’s on Tuesday at last announced they have picked Peralta Community College District land for their new ballpark, team President Dave Kaval said in a letter to the district.
Before they are able to move forward on plans to build a 35,000-seat stadium, the A’s will have to work out a deal with the Peralta Community College District, the owners of the land.
The Athletics have played at the Coliseum since 1968, when the franchise moved from Kansas City. The Coliseum is the fifth-oldest stadium in Major League Baseball and the A’s share it with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.
“Finally, we’ve got our site,” Kaval said of the 13-acre location near downtown, which the A’s selected after also considering rebuilding the Oakland Coliseum site, as well as land on the waterfront northwest of Jack London Square.
“It’s really the strongest location when it comes to private financing, and that’s really an important component to be successful."
While the A’s say they will privately finance the ballpark, they will be asking local, state and federal authorities for infrastructure work that will include freeway access.
“The A’s need a modern venue so that we can put the most competitive product on the field and provide the best experience for our fans.”
He added, “We firmly believe that the Peralta Site represents the best opportunity to keep Oakland’s last professional sports team in Oakland for the long term.”
Kaval certainly has experience of relocating sports teams into new premises.
Before joining the A’s, Kaval was the president of the San Jose Earthquakes, the nearby Major League Soccer team.
There he spearheaded the construction of Avaya Stadium, an 18,000-seat soccer-specific arena that opened in 2015 to rave reviews.
The new ballpark, should it go ahead on the proposed site, would also be readily accessible – it is close to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and Interstate 880.
The A’s hope to play their first game at their US$500mn-plus ballpark in 2023.