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Oakland A’s tweak new ballpark design

MLB’s Oakland A’s have altered the design for their proposed new ballpark following feedback from local officials and fans.

The A’s had earlier revealed plans to build a new ballpark at Howard Terminal to open in 2023. The club said:

Since the initial positive response to our preliminary concepts for the new Howard Terminal ballpark at Jack London Square, we’ve continued to meet with public officials, fans, and community members to gather more input and refine our designs. The result is a new circular shape.

This update helps capture fan energy, still have a continuous rooftop park for use by fans and the community, provides better views of the water and Oakland from inside the ballpark and easier access from the surrounding neighbourhood.

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 new 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.

The A’s are currently engaged in 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.