East Oakland Neighborhoods Support Coliseum | SF Gate

Advocates for keeping the Oakland A's in the eastern neighborhoods of their hometown will roll by the Oakland Coliseum in a caravan Friday evening before the A's home opener.

The caravan is expected to start at 6 p.m. at the Coliseum and make a four-mile loop before returning. Hundreds of cars are expected, according to advocates.

The game starts at 7:10 p.m. Pacific time against the Los Angeles Angels.

"I'm ready for the big day," said Melody Davis, with the Oakland East Bay Democratic Club, which is helping to organize the caravan to keep the A's at the Coliseum in East Oakland.

Davis said she is an A's fan and lives in West Oakland.

"That's all we have" in East Oakland, except for the airport, Davis said.

"What are we going to be proud of?" she said.

Plans are in the works to place a new stadium at the Charles P. Howard Terminal on the waterfront north of Jack London Square. Howard Terminal is part of the Port of Oakland.

The stadium will not provide any community benefits there, Davis said.

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