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Monday, March 26, 2018

A’s may not want to stay at the Coliseum. But just in case, they want to buy it

The Oakland A’s are pitching a sweeping offer to the city and Alameda County: The team wants to buy the entire Coliseum site.

That includes the stadium where the A’s have played since 1968, the arena soon to be vacated by the Warriors, the parking lot — everything.

“We think the best way to guarantee our long-term viability and success in Oakland is to own our own home,” A’s President Dave Kaval told us.


Many city officials have pointed out that the Coliseum site already has the easy BART and freeway access the team craves, along with a lack of neighborhood opposition.

Traderdave Posted: March 26, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Traderdave Posted: March 26, 2018 at 10:38 AM (#5643007)
I was close to concluding that the unworkable Laney & Howard sites were just more straw men put up by the A's to "prove" they need to move when they inevitably failed. But maybe I was wrong, maybe the A's really do want to stay.

This has always been the least sexy plan but the most doable and practical. I imagine it would mean building new stadium elsewhere on the lot, probably right by 66th Ave, then imploding the old Coliseum & paving for parking when the new park is done.
   2. weiss-man Posted: March 26, 2018 at 11:40 AM (#5643071)
That's pretty much what the Mets did.
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 26, 2018 at 11:52 AM (#5643077)
Simply as a baseball fan I'm very happy the A's stayed in downtown Oakland instead of moving to Santa Something-or-other 20 miles (and 60 minutes drive) away like all the proposals have been proposing for the last 20 years since they failed to move to Tampa. That doesn't seem to have worked too well for the 49ers. And now downtown Oakland is no longer the "dump" of the Bay Area and they actually would like to stay there.
   4. Khrushin it bro Posted: March 26, 2018 at 11:53 AM (#5643079)
This always seemed like the most likely outcome. There are nice views of the hills and the bay if you get high enough up. The current A's leadership has been trying to make it more fun to come out to the games with better bars and a "treehouse" in the current coliseum. I'm excited to see what they can do with a brand new stadium and bigger player payroll.
   5. Traderdave Posted: March 26, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5643099)
Simply as a baseball fan I'm very happy the A's stayed in downtown Oakland


The Coliseum is about 5 miles and several neighborhoods away from downtown Oakland.
   6. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred Posted: March 26, 2018 at 12:22 PM (#5643101)
Co-sign 4; I'm really excited. The idea of a park on the water in either location was nice, but it would've meant a completely different type of experience -- and the coliseum experience is underrated! Transport is convenient whether BART or car, and it's great for tailgating. It's a bummer to lose the Warriors, meh on the Raiders, but if the upshot is optimising the existing setup for baseball (better park, restore the views, functioning sewage, etc...), I'll take it.
   7. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: March 26, 2018 at 01:07 PM (#5643134)
By "downtown" I just mean not in suburban sprawl.
   8. eddieot Posted: March 26, 2018 at 01:37 PM (#5643184)
That's pretty much what the Mets did.


And the Phillies. It was pretty seamless.
   9. Rusty Priske Posted: March 26, 2018 at 03:30 PM (#5643296)
The Blue Jays did it as well. The SkyDome was showing its age so they bought it and fixed it up. (And renamed it.)
   10. A triple short of the cycle Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:16 PM (#5643402)
The Coliseum is about 5 miles and several neighborhoods away from downtown Oakland.

One quick BART ride from the pre-party at Radio. :)



   11. A triple short of the cycle Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:18 PM (#5643403)
There are nice views of the hills and the bay


And there is a canal to hit home runs into.
   12. Traderdave Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:22 PM (#5643408)
And there is a canal to hit home runs into.


That's a funny way to spell "ditch."
   13. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: March 26, 2018 at 07:41 PM (#5643464)
As long as the #### doesn't hit the FAN, I am all for the A's staying there.
New open stadium, view of the hills and the bay should do it.
And no more friggin' NFL yardage lines.

Go Athletics !
   14. spanx for the memories Posted: March 26, 2018 at 10:53 PM (#5643515)
Oakland Taxpayers will still be on the hook for $163 million

Deadspin did this story last year which shows once again why it isnt in the interest of the city to use tax dollars to pay for renovations.
   15. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred Posted: March 27, 2018 at 02:35 AM (#5643531)
Just knock down Mt Davis, pretend it was never there, and act confused when people ask for money.
   16. Adam S Posted: March 27, 2018 at 05:47 AM (#5643537)
I'm all for this idea personally as well, but this seems like a ludicrous lowball offer for what is actually a surprisingly large (135 acres) amount of valuable Bay Area real estate right next to a BART station and great road connections (which from a land value perspective greatly mitigates the not great surrounding neighborhood).

Hopefully this is just a try-it-on initial offer and there is a reasonable deal to be done here, but I'm skeptical about whether A's ownership can overcome its cheapness enough to pay even 50-70% of fair market value.
   17. Traderdave Posted: March 27, 2018 at 12:30 PM (#5643723)
The debt on the complex is political thorn in many sides and a big PR problem. I suspect that as long as a deal includes the A's assuming that debt, the price won't much matter. The pols are very keen to get rid of the debt, monetizing that very valuable real estate is of much less importance to them.

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