When Oakland A’s fan Gabriel Hernandez received an email from the team Wednesday about renewing his season-ticket plan for the 2022 season, he balked at the price — nearly double what he paid for a left-field bleacher seat two years ago, he said.
Hernandez said he paid $456 to re-up his 24-game A’s ticket plan before the 2020 season. The pandemic left stands empty that season, and this year the team did not sell season tickets with capacity restrictions at the Coliseum carrying into midseason. On Wednesday, said Hernandez, who posted images of his ticket orders to Twitter, he learned that buying a similar 24-game plan for next season will cost him more than $800.Read More
It certainly feels as though the Oakland A’s are going out of their way to alienate their fanbase. Between their ongoing flirtation with Las Vegas, the constant complaining about everything around the Coliseum, refusal to supplement a strong core to their roster, and general lack of interest in doing anything more than turning a profit, the A’s have become thoroughly maddening over the past few years.Read More
The Oakland A’s continue to battle for a ballpark at Howard Terminal in Jack London Square, but city leaders highlighted some issues that the team will have to address before building can ever begin.
One of them deals with the height of the proposed residential towers that could be part of the finished plan.
"The concern was about the fit of it relative to Oakland as a city and its image, and that that's the basis for the concern on the right," said Clark Manus, chairman of the Oakland Design Review Committee.Read More
A's proposed ballpark in jeopardy after Alameda County delays vote on helping Oakland fund it | San Francisco Chronicle
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will not vote in September on the Oakland A’s $12 billion plan to build a waterfront ballpark and development at Howard Terminal in Jack London Square — causing what the team says is a “potentially insurmountable” financial gap in getting the project done in Oakland.
The city asked Alameda County in May to opt into a tax district to help with infrastructure costs. In response, supervisors said in June the earliest they could vote would be September. The city has said that without county help it’s unlikely the project can move forward.Read More
While the Oakland Athletics and city officials continue to negotiate terms that could start or finish a plan for a new ballpark at Howard Terminal, a nonprofit has jump-started questions into Alameda County's sale of half of the current A's stadium to the baseball franchise.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development said it found no record that the county declared its share of the 188-acre RingCentral Coliseum complex — co-owned with the city of Oakland — as "surplus land" or "exempt surplus land." What's more, the department said it has no record that the county complied with notification requirements for selling the surplus land.Read More
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.Read More
On July 16, the Oakland A’s Friday night home matchup against Cleveland resembled other night games played at the Coliseum in every way except one. The place was cold and canyon-like. The A’s played admirably. Their fans cheered hard.
What was different was the anxiety.
Fans were dogged by a sense of gloom, or weariness. Earlier that day, Oakland City staff had previewed its plan for the $12 billion stadium-anchored development project at Howard Terminal proposed by A’s owner John Fisher in April. It arrived at the tail end of an increasingly vituperative A’s campaign to pressure the Oakland City Council into voting on their plan, a campaign that featured gaslighting, duplicitousness and threats issued over social media to relocate the team to Las Vegas if the city failed to meet the A’s demands. “HOWARD TERMINAL OR BUST,” read the full-page ad the A’s took out in Bay Area newspapers. It felt like a ransom note.Read More
Oakland, like the rest of the Bay Area, has a housing crisis rooted in the fact that so much office, retail and entertainment space was built without enough homes for the people who work in them — especially low-wage workers. As a result, Oakland has over 4,000 unhoused people, a population that has grown more than 86% in the last five years, even as the minimum wage has gone up.
And yet at a City Council hearing earlier this month to discuss the Oakland A’s $12 billion residential and commercial development at the Port of Oakland, team President Dave Kaval publicly stated for the first time that the A’s want a special exemption from the city law that requires them to provide onsite affordable housing or private money for affordable housing elsewhere in the city. The attending City Council members were rightfully appalled.Read More
A town hall meeting this week examined the negative consequences of placing John Fisher’s privatized, multibillion dollar real estate development on publicly owned land at the Port of Oakland, the region’s thriving and growing economic engine.
More than 100 people attended the town hall on Wednesday, which was live on Zoom and Facebook. Councilmembers Carroll Fife and Noel Gallo were among those who attended.
Speakers included voices of those who are directly impacted by the project: members of the longshore union, the ILWU, who said the project was a dangerous threat to the livelihood of port workers, over 70% of whom are Black; representatives of the Pacific Merchants Shipping Association and several of the largest businesses based at the port; and Paul Cobb, publisher of the Oakland Post.Read More
Built in the 1870s, Oakland Chinatown has survived catastrophic earthquakes, world wars, recessions, gentrification, a pandemic and a surge in anti-Asian hate.
Now, just as the mom-and-pop businesses that are the core of the 20-square block community struggle to get back on their feet after a punishing economic lockdown, Chinatown faces another threat: the Oakland A’s Howard Terminal stadium proposal.Read More