Rendering of ball park at Howard Terminal (Courtesy photo)

Rendering of ball park at Howard Terminal (Courtesy photo)

A’s to Oakland City Council: Time to vote on our ballpark

Bill Shaikin

Los Angeles Times

For years, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has parried all inquiries about expansion or relocation with this response: We’ve got to resolve the ballpark situations with the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays first.

Progress might finally be at hand.

On Friday, three years after proposing a waterfront ballpark in Oakland, the A’s put their financial cards on the table: a billion-dollar ballpark, privately financed, with an additional $450 million in community benefits, including affordable housing. The project would include development of a neighborhood surrounding the 35,000-seat ballpark, similar to what the Angels have pledged to develop around Angel Stadium.

The A’s ask the city to pay $855 million in infrastructure improvements, using taxes generated by the project. The A’s estimated total development costs for the project, in which they likely would partner with private developers, are $12 billion.

In a letter released Friday, Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval asked the City Council to vote on the project before the council recesses for the summer.

The A’s also would like the right to develop the Oakland Coliseum site, where they currently play and where the Golden State Warriors and Las Vegas Raiders used to play. The Coliseum site is not mentioned in the term sheet submitted by the A’s Friday. Kaval previously told The Times that the A’s could pay for the waterfront ballpark even if the city did not grant the team development rights to the Coliseum, although revenue from that development could help with private financing of the ballpark.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf this month publicly threw her support behind the waterfront ballpark. The project has faced community opposition from groups that believe the waterfront site is best used for port purposes, and others that believe the transportation hub at the Coliseum site makes it the logical place for the A’s to build a new ballpark.

The A’s have spent this entire century searching for a new home, with unsuccessful proposals in San Jose, Fremont, and multiple sites in Oakland along the way.

In Florida, the Rays’ lease at the domed Tropicana Field expires in 2027. The Rays have refused to commit to privately financing a new ballpark, and they have floated a quixotic proposal to split the season: start in Florida, finish in Montreal. That would require two new ballparks, each used for a part-time tenant, without the Rays paying for either one.

The city of St. Petersburg this month retained a stadium consultant to negotiate with the Rays about staying, but also a real estate consultant to negotiate with potential developers for the Tropicana Field site, with or without the Rays.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

BaseballBay Area NewsMLB

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

Diners at Teeth, a bar in the Mission District, on July 9, 2021. Teeth began using digital menus based on QR code technology in August. (Ulysses Ortega/The New York Times)
The football stadium at UC Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. George Kliavkoff, a former top executive at MGM Resorts International, took over the conference at the start of the month. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
What’s Ahead for the Pac-12? New commissioner weighs in

‘Every decision we make is up for discussion. There are no sacred cows.’

The sidewalk on Egbert Avenue in the Bayview recently was cluttered with car parts, tires and other junk. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
New surveillance effort aims to crack down on illegal dumping

’We want to make sure we catch people who are trashing our streets’

As the world reeled, tech titans supplied the tools that made life and work possible. Now the companies are awash in money and questions about what it means to win amid so much loss. (Nicolas Ortega/The New York Times)
How tech won the pandemic and now may never lose

By David Streitfeld New York Times In April 2020, with 2,000 Americans… Continue reading

Most Read