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Oakland A’s to build ‘ballpark in a park’

The MLB’s Oakland A’s have revealed plans to build a new ballpark at Howard Terminal to open in 2023.

The A’s also plan to redevelop the Coliseum site, which has been their home since 1968, in a way that will address community needs.

The ballpark, which is being designed by the Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group,  will be privately financed and anchor a waterfront district that features housing, restaurants and retail.

A’s president Dave Kaval said:

We are excited to build a bold, iconic ballpark at Howard Terminal. This design will allow us to blur the boundaries of a traditional ballpark and integrate into the surrounding neighbourhood.

We’ve spent the last year engaging in community dialogue with over 100 public officials, 80 community-based organisations and 500 Oakland residents and community leaders.

Our conversations with leaders in business, labor, government and faith, in addition to neighborhood residents, have underscored the desire for this project to deliver real economic, civic and cultural benefits, including job creation and training opportunities; an inclusive approach to economic and community development and new civic, cultural and recreational amenities.

The A’s will formally begin a year-long state environmental review of the Howard Terminal proposal, a critical component of this process.

They must also negotiate an agreement with the Port of Oakland to either lease or purchase the property.