Join us! Let's come together in support of keeping the Oakland A's at their long-time home at the Coliseum Complex with a new ballpark at that site.
Keeping the Oakland A's stadium in East Oakland will preserve critical blue-collar jobs at the port, and lift up the East Oakland community.
The Coliseum has been home to the Oakland A's since they played their first game there in 1968, and both the stadium and the team are integral parts of East Oakland's identity and history. We believe it's in the best interest of both Oakland residents and A's fans for a new, state-of-the-art facility to be constructed at the current site – a site which is already approved for ballpark construction and is supported by existing transportation infrastructure that will create economic opportunities that only a new ballpark and a fully realized housing, retail, and sports complex can bring.
Disrupting Oakland's active port with a stadium, luxury housing, and high-rise office space threatens good-paying jobs and creates significant health and safety risks.
Any decision that reduces the waterfront's dedication to maritime jobs undermines the Port of Oakland's success and sets a precedent for shrinking the city's blue-collar population in favor of developers who do not share our commitment to the West Oakland community. The port is home to almost 90,000 union jobs, many of which would be lost forever to part-time ballpark and retail jobs if they are displaced by conflicting real estate demands. The waterfront location at Howard Terminal is already home to a thriving maritime industry – one of the strongest bastions of good-paying jobs for working-class African Americans in the state.
The proposed site is inaccessible for the thousands of fans who attend A's games, and the infrastructure needed to support safe travel to the proposed stadium isn't feasible. The nearest BART station is over a mile away, and the walk is through industrial terrain adjacent to railroad tracks and heavy truck routes that transport hazardous materials without safe pedestrian crossings. By comparison, the Coliseum site, where the team now plays, is transit-accessible and would serve as an economic engine for the surrounding East Oakland neighborhoods.
- Condition any sale or lease agreement of the Coliseum property with the A's to include a new ballpark at the Coliseum complex, with failure to do so resulting in the property reverting back to the city.
- Prohibit the use of the Coliseum site as a resource for development of a ballpark elsewhere, as East Oakland is not the Fisher family's piggy bank.
- Release a fully-formed economic study, transportation study, and seaport compatibility study for any proposed commercial real estate development at Howard Terminal.
- Provide a full and transparent accounting of costs expected to be assumed by taxpayers via tax increment or other public financing to support infrastructure, environmental remediation, transportation improvements, or community benefits for the creation of a Howard Terminal ballpark.
- Provide an apples-to-apples analysis of a development at the Coliseum vs. Howard Terminal so the public can judge for itself which site has the most upside and presents the least logistical, financial, and environmental hurdles.
The city can have a win-win here — a world-class sports facility in East Oakland and a world-class port in West Oakland. We want to see the A's stay in Oakland for the long-term, keep Oakland financially stable, help preserve critical blue-collar jobs at the port, and lift up the East Oakland community. Keeping the A's at the Coliseum is the only way to still achieve these shared goals.
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