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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Lew Wolff exploring temporary stadium for A’s

There is precedent for teams building temporary stadiums. In 2010, Empire Field was erected in Vancouver to house the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League for the 2010 season and part of 2011. The 27,528-seat venue was built by the Nussli Group in just three months at a cost of $14.4 million, during the time when a retractable roof was being installed at the Lions’ permanent stadium.

theboyqueen Posted: March 08, 2014 at 08:29 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 08, 2014 at 11:03 PM (#4668474)
Puerto Rico is lovely in the summer.

What possible temporary stadium could they use? The Safeway parking lot?
   2. Rafael Bellylard hoists a dry martini. Posted: March 08, 2014 at 11:51 PM (#4668485)
Simple deal. They build their new home in Oakland/Alameda and use AT&T while it's being built. The Giants would go for this rather than lose "their" territory in San Jose.
   3. bobm Posted: March 09, 2014 at 12:18 AM (#4668496)
http://newballpark.org/2014/03/07/why-a-temporary-ballpark-is-a-distinct-possibility/
   4. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 09, 2014 at 12:22 AM (#4668497)
Miller Park?
   5. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: March 09, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4668527)
"Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 (your city here) Athletics...!"
   6. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 09, 2014 at 10:42 AM (#4668536)
I'm a little unclear on why they can't play in the Coliseum while a new stadium is being built.
   7. A triple short of the cycle Posted: March 09, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4668544)
I'm a little unclear on why they can't play in the Coliseum while a new stadium is being built.

Haven't you heard? The A's just can't compete in Oakland, playing in the Coliseum. Bud Selig and Lew Wolff said so.
   8. Boileryard Posted: March 09, 2014 at 12:50 PM (#4668596)
Jarry Park was semi-temporary, as it was built with the intention of only being used for a few years. Parts of the stadium still stand today, so it wasn't quite like Empire Field.

The baseball addition to Exhibition Stadium might also be classified as semi-temporary. It was a basic no-frills structure that met the needs of a major league team while they tried to get a permanent stadium constructed. It just wound up being used longer than originally intended.
   9. dlf Posted: March 09, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4668619)
Puerto Rico is lovely in the summer.


I was at a business conference when the Expos and, I think, Angels played there some years back. I went to a game and really enjoyed Hiram Bithorn, but it would be fair to say that it lacked the creature comforts that exist even in the mid-level minor league stadiums of today. That there were no beer vendors, but lots of pina colada vendors was odd.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 09, 2014 at 01:46 PM (#4668629)

I'm a little unclear on why they can't play in the Coliseum while a new stadium is being built.


Because they don't want whatever lease terms the stadium authority is offering right now. This is posturing for the lease negotiations.

Its like when any other team threatens to leave town if the city doesn't cave in to its stadium lease demands, except the A's aren't threatening to leave town, they're threatening to play at the local American Legion field.
   11. theboyqueen Posted: March 09, 2014 at 01:53 PM (#4668636)
Per Wikipedia:

Wolff's approach - which he would successfully apply throughout his career - was to find partners who would contribute most of the money but allow Wolff to manage the investment.


Seems like a great approach!
   12. BDC Posted: March 09, 2014 at 02:08 PM (#4668640)
There is precedent for teams building temporary stadiums


Turner Field, for instance.
   13. Chone Mueller Posted: March 10, 2014 at 04:02 AM (#4668902)
A temporary stadium was built for the Raiders to play in while the Coliseum was being designed and constructed. It was Frank Youell Field which seated a little over 20,000. The large west side parking lot at Laney College is on the old Youell Field site now. The Raiders played there from 1962 through 1965 then the Coliseum opened in 1966. One might expect that to be mentioned in an article about an Oakland team seeking a temporary home.
   14. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: March 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4668955)
Turner Field, for instance.

RDF, BDC.
   15. Swoboda is freedom Posted: March 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM (#4669035)
but lots of pina colada vendors

So during rain delays you were all set hanging out with Rupert Holmes.

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