The Oakland A’s MLB franchise has announced plans to build a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal waterfront site, which it hopes to open in 2023.
As part of the project, the A’s want to transform their current Coliseum site into a tech and housing hub, preserve the Oracle Arena as a sports and entertainment venue, and turn the Coliseum stadium itself into a low-rise sports park and amphitheatre.
The A’s already have put in an offer to buy the Coliseum site for $137m (€120m) but are open to partnering with the city, county or other private interests to develop the area.
The proposed 34,000-seater ballpark at Howard Terminal will be privately financed and is being designed by the Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group. The A’s hope to break ground in 2021.
The A’s must conduct an environmental review of the site and negotiate an agreement with the Port of Oakland to either lease or purchase the property.
The A’s claim that redeveloping the Coliseum site is necessary in order to make the project work financially. “Obtaining the Coliseum makes the odds of Howard Terminal better,” said A’s president Dave Kaval.