As we've known for the past several years, the Oakland Athletics need a new ballpark and have been trying -- without success -- to get MLB to allow them to move to San Jose. The latest wrinkle in the saga is a plan that would keep them in Oakland.
The good news: There's a new stadium proposal for the A's at a site in Oakland, meaning all the hurdles of clearing any move through Major League Baseball would be totally unnecessary.
The bad news: A's owner Lew Wolff doesn't want to do it.
A group in the Oakland area has put together a proposal for a $500 million stadium that would be on the waterfront in Port of Oakland's Howard Terminal. Here's a depiction of the plan, via MANICA Architecture:
A beauty, no? A beautiful, yet impossible, dream, according to Wolff. From sfgate.com:
To call Wolff skeptical of the Howard Terminal idea, however, would be an understatement. "It would be easier to build on Treasure Island," he told us.
"All I care about is getting a new home for the A's in the best possible circumstances -- and under any circumstances, Howard Terminal would be as close to impossible as anything," Wolff said.
He wasn't willing to give an instant replay of all his objections, but in the past he has pointed to toxic wastes that will require an expensive cleanup and the difficulty of persuading the state to agree to a non-maritime use of the site. Wolff also has noted that the land is tied up in a long-term lease.
The article mentions that the group proposing the stadium plan believes Wolff's concerns are outdated and the site would be a perfect place to put the new A's ballpark.
Still, without the owner on board, this plan won't be going anywhere -- so the task is to sell him on the idea. Of course, if MLB continues to shoot down any ideas Wolff has of moving elsewhere, maybe he'll eventually cave and stay in Oakland with this proposal.
For now, though, this doesn't seem more than a fun little idea with potential to grow.