If Coliseum is packed for A's-Giants, imagine a new park's draw on the same site | San Francisco Chronicle

The Coliseum is the place to be this weekend, and how often is that the case? Big crowds, playoff-type vibes and the A’s and Giants — two of the majors’ best teams — grinding toward the playoffs.

Imagine if a shiny new ballpark were situated at 7000 Coliseum Way, replacing the old stadium and arena, with infrastructure upgrades to provide better access and parking.

It likely would rock, but A’s ownership continues to say it won’t work and that Howard Terminal is the only site that makes sense.

I never heard a reasonable explanation for why the A’s shouldn’t build at the Coliseum site, so I asked team President Dave Kaval during an informal group interview on the field before Friday’s opener.

“We’ve been really clear. The league has been really clear,” Kaval said. “This site does not fit the 21st-century vision for baseball in North America. You need a downtown urban location to be successful, especially in a two-team market, where you have the Giants in a similar stadium on the waterfront.

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