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The Oakland A's Have Finally Decided Where They Want To Build Their Ballpark

The Oakland A's Have Finally Decided Where They Want To Build Their Ballpark
From Deadspin - September 13, 2017

The first step in the Oakland As long, seemingly never-ending quest for a new ballpark has reportedly been taken. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that As ownership has settled on a desired location for a new stadium. Now, they just have to convince everyone elsefrom the current land-owners to the city to Major League Baseballto get on board.

The site the As have their eyes on is adjacent to Laney College, located in central Oakland. They were considering a location on the waterfront or at the site of the existing Coliseum, but the spot they intend to pursue overlooks arguably the most scenic part of Oakland: Lake Merritt and, in the distance, the Oakland hills.

But first, the team needs to convince the Peralta Community College District to cough up the land. The Chronicle reports:

To try to win over the Peralta districts Board of Trustees, the As are proposing to construct housing and commercial space on an 8-acre Laney parking lot just north of the sitea spot now known for its Sunday morning flea marketand funnel revenue from it to Laney. The As would also help build a garage there with the idea of boosting the colleges overall parking capacity.

Nextor maybe simultaneouslythey need to convince Mayor Libby Schaaf that the Laney site is the best option for all parties. This could be difficult, as Schaaf has expressed a preference for the waterfront site, which she believes would help revitalize a fairly under-developed part of Oakland.

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