As Covid-19 Closes Stadiums, Municipalities Struggle With Billions in Debt | Wall Street Journal

Two decades of using borrowed money to pay for new stadiums is coming back to haunt many cities across the country.

At Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., home of hockey’s Arizona Coyotes, the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of eight NHL games, a Celine Dion concert and a professional bull-riding tour, but it didn’t change the schedule for the city’s $10.7 million 2020 debt payment for the venue.

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Oakland A’s stadium timeline about to be pushed back | Fansided

The Oakland A’s had hoped to open their new stadium for the 2023 season. That timeline will likely need to be pushed back.

Not much has gone right for the Oakland A’s over the past few days. The organization has come under fire for their refusal to pay their minor leagues beginning on June 1, despite the wealth of owner John Fisher. His letter of explanation may have only made the situation worse, as the words rang hollow, particularly in light of last year’s Rooted In Oakland motto.

The latest bad news involves the A’s quest for a new ballpark. They had been making progress towards constructing that new home at Howard Terminal prior to the pandemic, but that progress has since been halted. New hurdles, and a court ruling, could push that date further out into the future.

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A bad week for Oakland A’s baseball: What sweeping cost cuts will mean for team | Mercury News

Minor league baseball has taken a few hits recently. Perhaps the biggest blow came with news that teams would cut hundreds of players.

But, earlier in the week, the spotlight shined on Oakland when the A’s announced half their workforce — from business to baseball operations — would be furloughed or receive pay cuts.

The baseball operations cuts seeped into the player ranks, with Oakland becoming the first, so far, to utilize the suspended minor league Uniform Player Contract by declining to pay minor-leaguers their $400 weekly stipend for the remainder of the suspension.

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For bad-news A’s, Howard Terminal ballpark timeline in danger | San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Port of Oakland looks to lead East Bay rebound from COVID-19 | American Journal of Transportation

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.

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Oakland A’s haven’t made rent payment, Coliseum exec says | Mercury News

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.

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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.”

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Three cruise ships head for long-term berths at Port of Oakland | Mercury News

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.

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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.

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MSC Anna is the largest container ship ever to visit the Port of Oakland | San Francisco Chronicle

The MSC Anna arrives in San Francisco Bay, making its way to the Port of Oakland. Photo by Santiago Mejia / The ChronicleThe 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.

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