Bad news is coming at — and from — the A’s by the trainload.
Many A’s fans dreamed that this season would be a tipping point for their beloved ballclub. With a dynamic young team, the A’s were penciled in as a contender. World Series? That might be a little stretch, but not unrealistic.
So far the season has been a tipping point, but the wrong way. The A’s hoped to sprinkle stardust, but they may wind up choking on coal dust.
First, some news. An A’s spokesperson said the team might have to push back their plans to open a new ballpark at Howard Terminal for the 2023 season.Read More
This region’s economic rebound from coronavirus would most likely start at the Port of Oakland. That’s what the Port’s Executive Director told East Bay business and civic leaders this week while seeking their support.
Danny Wan assured the East Bay Economic Development Alliance that his Port would be “poised on the forefront of recovery.” During a Zoom conference, the Executive Director asked Alliance members to help promote the Port as Oakland’s economic engine.Read More
The Oakland Athletics have balked at paying the $1.2 million required under contract to use the Coliseum, the head of the stadium authority confirmed Tuesday.
Henry Gardner, the interim head of the Coliseum Authority, said the A’s informed him they had “no ability to pay” the annual rent due April 1.
“They said because they haven’t used it, they were not able to generate revenue and they have no ability to pay,” said Gardner, who stepped in as Coliseum Authority Executive Director after Scott McKibben’s resignation in August.Read More
Oakland A’s study supporting new ballpark comes under fire from maritime stakeholders | American Journal of Transportation
Maritime opponents of the proposed Oakland A’s baseball park and condominium complex at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal vigorously contested a study, backed by the A’s, stating the Port operations would not be impacted by the proposed stadium/condominium development.
On May 11th, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) which regulates development on the San Francisco Bay, heard testimony related to a Mercator International study supported by the Oakland Athletics. The study according to BCDC, “looks specifically at whether Howard Terminal would be needed to meet cargo projections, and concludes that there are adequate sites available without Howard Terminal.”Read More
On Saturday, two cruise liners carrying only crew and no passengers docked in Oakland for a long stay, the Port of Oakland said. A third is expected to arrive on Sunday.
The Seven Seas Mariner Nassau pulled in at Howard Terminal and Oceania’s Regatta at the Outer Harbor Terminal. Both cruise lines are subsidiaries of Norwegian Cruise Lines.
The port said there are no reports of any coronavirus cases on the vessels, which could remain at berth for two or three months. Two of the ships will tie up at the city’s Outer Harbor Terminal, while the third will dock at Howard Terminal on the Oakland Estuary.Read More
Athletics' 2023 Stadium Opening Date Seems Increasingly in Jeopardy Thanks to COVID-19 | Sports Illustrated
For the Oakland A’s to open their new stadium at Howard Terminal in April of 2023, ground will have to be broken by next January.
Typically, projects the size of a new baseball stadium take about 26 or 27 months from first shovel of dirt to first pitch being thrown.
And while the A’s haven’t said anything about any change to that timetable, it seems increasingly likely that an April, 2023 debut is going to be difficult to pull off thanks in large part to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.Read More
The MSC Anna, the largest container ship ever to visit the Port of Oakland, took a very scenic route through San Francisco Bay before making its arrival Thursday.
Coming from Shanghai via Long Beach and following in the wake of tens of thousands of ships over the years, the Anna went under the Golden Gate Bridge, then under the Bay Bridge, right, before reaching the port. It’s a hopeful sign for the region’s future, even as traffic through the port has fallen sharply due to the coronavirus. The pandemic is weakening international trade, with the Port of Oakland reporting a 7.4% drop in loaded containers in March, compared with the previous year.Read More
While the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to strangle the economy, the Port of Oakland reported Friday that shipping schedules have "stabilized" after a small reduction in voyages.
Vessel schedules "stabilized after shipping lines cut 20 voyages to Oakland between February and April," port officials said in a news release Friday.Read More
The Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport will keep operating despite an Alameda County order for residents to shelter in-place in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the port authority said Monday evening.
Six counties in the San Francisco Bay area ordered residents to stay home, with only essential businesses permitted to remain open.Read More
In new poll, Oakland voters choose Coliseum for A’s ballpark. But look at the question | San Francisco Chronicle
Given a choice, Oakland voters would pick the current Coliseum site over over Howard Terminal to be the home of a new A’s ballpark, according to a new poll.
The poll of 500 voters found 62% favored the Coliseum site, compared with 29% for the waterfront site at the Port of Oakland. The remaining 9% either didn’t know or didn’t care.
The poll marks the first time voters have been offered a straight-up preference question between the two locations.Read More