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The Oakland Athletics have been playing baseball at the Coliseum in Oakland since 1968. Nearly 50 years later, they’re in need of a new home. Where should they move?

After spending over a hundred years in Philadelphia and Kansas City, the Athletics moved to Oakland in 1968 into the newly built stadium, the Coliseum. The Coliseum was built earlier in the decade, and the Oakland Raiders (football) had already been playing their home games there the previous two years, making the Coliseum a multi-use facility from the start.

The Athletics were a near immediate success in Oakland. After just three years in Oakland, the Athletics rattled off World Series titles in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

In 1982, the Raiders left the Coliseum and relocated to Los Angeles, California, only to once again return to Oakland in 1995. Upon return, the Raiders demanded renovations to the Coliseum, including the development of 10,000 extra seats in the outfield. Frankly for baseball, this addition was nothing more than an eye sore.

By the mid-2000s, it became obvious that the A’s needed a new home. The Coliseum was old, unfit for baseball, ugly, and not drawing fans. Lew Wolff bought the A’s in 2004, with the explicit interest of moving the A’s to a new location in northern California, whether in Oakland or otherwise.

In 2006, the new owner group declared that the A’s would move to Fremont, a city just 30 minutes south of Oakland. However, after three years of exploration into Fremont, these plans fell through. No stadium was built. The A’s once again needed to look for a new home.

Ten years since the A’s began looking for a new location and new a stadium, the A’s are still no closer than when they began. And frustration is mounting.

There have been proposals, ideas, renderings and pipe dreams of where the A’s should move to and what their stadium should look like. This website is dedicated to those ideas, those dreams.

There have been proposals, ideas, renderings and pipe dreams of where the A’s should move to and what their stadium should look like. This website is dedicated to those ideas, those dreams.

And it’s to hear what A’s fans, Bay Area residents, and baseball fans in general, are most amenable to. While none of the proposals may ever come into fruition, voting on these can capture what features we feel are important in their relocation process:

  • Is it important they stay in Oakland?
  • Do other cities like San Jose and Sacramento want the A’s just as much?
  • Should the new stadium be near downtown? On a waterfront? Or should they stay right in the same spot, bulldoze the Coliseum and start over?

These are the questions this website might help answer.

 

The Proposals

With the exception of the Fremont proposal, these are the ideas proposed to date with actual stadium renderings, to help us visualize the possibilities. Keep in mind that some of these ideas are more realistic than others:

  • Howard Terminal, on the water in Oakland
  • Coliseum City, where the current Coliseum sits
  • Estuary Waterfront Project, also on the water in Oakland
  • Cisco Field, in San Jose next to the Pavilion
  • Raley Field, in Sacramento where the AAA Rivercats play

There have been other ideas, too, without renderings. For instance, early in 2014, leaders in Portland, Oregon, announced their vision for the A’s to move into a ballpark right on the Columbia River. No rendering has surfaced to date for this proposal, however.

So, where should the A’s move to? It’s your turn to vote, let’s see what we want the A’s to do.

 

Further Reading

Be sure to check out some other resources out there which are covering the issue with great insight and enthusiasm: