Oakland Athletics pick site for new privately financed ballpark

A's decide on Laney College site for new ballpark

Athletics Pick Laney College Site for New Privately Financed Ballpark

Before they are able to move forward on plans to build a 35,000-seat stadium, the A's will have to work out a deal with the Peralta Community College District, the owners of the land. The Coliseum is the fifth-oldest stadium in Major League Baseball and the A's share it with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.

The team considered rebuilding on the site of the Coliseum as well as near Jack London Square but decided they wanted to build near downtown. "It's really the strongest location when it comes to private financing, and that's really an important component to be successful". This location, Kaval said, is the best option for a privately funded stadium, getting clear of the Oakland-owned Coliseum which was, perhaps, the best option in regards to ease of mass transit use, another of the team's points of focus.

"The A's need a modern venue so that we can put the most competitive product on the field and provide the best experience for our fans".

Kaval made the A's intentions official in a letter he was to hand-deliver last night to the Peralta district Chancellor, asking to begin negotiations to buy or lease the land.

Kaval certainly has experience of relocating sports teams into new premises.

The site is off Interstate 880, although providing vehicle access will require millions of dollars worth of new freeway ramps close to the Lake Merritt BART station.

The A's hope to play their first game at their $500 million-plus ballpark in 2023.

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