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Oakland A’s get approval to pursue stadium move

The Oakland Athletics have received a big boost in their hopes of building a new stadium.

The City of Oakland’s port commission voted on Monday night for the Major League Franchise to commission an environmental and economic impact study into the team’s proposed ballpark at the Howard Terminal.

The A’s are looking to leave their team’s current home at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The stadium is over 50 years old and is losing the Oakland Raiders as a tenant, owing to the NFL team’s relocation to Las Vegas.

In spite of the uncertainty that surrounds the future of the Coliseum, The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the stadium has secured a small, short-term naming rights partnership. Belmont communications firm Ring Central will pay $1m (€892,000) a year for next three years, with an option for a fourth year, for the rights to rename the venue the Ring Central Coliseum.

The former partner Overstock.com backed out of its agreement when the Raiders announced their move to Las Vegas.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated new stadiums for Oakland and Tampa Bay are priorities for baseball. Last month the A’s ran into opposition from the local maritime industry over the proposed waterfront site of its new stadium.