Who are we?
We’re a coalition of longtime local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and Oakland community members who are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s’ proposal to leave behind their current coliseum location in East Oakland and build a new stadium in the middle of Oakland’s thriving working waterfront.
Why does this matter?
The Howard Terminal proposal leaves East Oakland behind – taking away the community’s last remaining major sports franchise and offering nothing in return but vague promises about future development. Moving the stadium will also be devastating for our working waterfront. Between the traffic congestion it will bring, the navigational risks it will pose to shipping vessels, and the land-use conflicts it will create – there’s no way for this project to proceed without doing irreparable harm to the waterfront and the tens of thousands of good jobs it sustains.
What is our goal?
The Oakland A’s have been part of Oakland’s identity and history for generations, and they’re an important part of our future. Today the City and the A’s have an opportunity to redevelop the existing Coliseum site in East Oakland with a world-class new stadium surrounded by housing, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. It’s an opportunity to grow jobs and strengthen neighborhoods that have suffered under continuous cycles of neglect, broken promises, gentrification, and displacement.
What are the risks and dangers with the Howard Terminal site?
The site at Howard Terminal is problematic for Oakland A's fans who need to walk through an industrial terrain that is ill-suited for pedestrians and is adjacent to railroad tracks used to transport hazardous material. Moreover, the nearest BART station is over a mile away. A proposed remedy to this situation – a gondola to shuttle fans to the site – is costly, unrealistic, and potentially dangerous. It would be a nightmare situation for police and other first responders to keep the public safe in an emergency while isolated and boxed-in between railroad tracks and the Bay with an aerial gondola as the only means of escape.
Why is the current stadium site better than a waterfront arena?
The waterfront area lacks necessary public transit and will create extreme congestion from fans attempting to drive to games, resulting in a traffic nightmare along I-880 during weeknights. Additionally, it can only accommodate about 1,200 cars – not nearly enough – to sustain weeknight home games. In comparison, the Coliseum is ideally situated near BART, Amtrak, I-880, and the Oakland Airport and could be enhanced with ample parking. It is wildly impractical to move a stadium from an available location with extensive public transportation and parking options to a new location that offers none.
Is legislation needed for the project to move forward?
Mandates for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the State Lands Commission (SLC) and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) preserve important and long-standing safeguards to protect public health, the San Francisco Bay, and endangered wildlife. AB 1191 begins a circumvention of this process and opens a Pandora's Box for future erosion of critical environmental protections.