Proposed site for A's ballpark falls through

From ESPN - December 6, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Athletics' proposed site for a new ballpark near an Oakland community college has fallen through.

A statement from the board of the Peralta Community College District said the board had directed the chancellor to discontinue talks about a possible stadium near Laney College.

"We are shocked by Peralta's decision to not move forward," the A's said in a statement Wednesday. "All we wanted to do was enter into a conversation about how to make this work for all of Oakland, Laney, and the Peralta Community College District. We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity."

A's president Dave Kaval and his team had considered this the top spot and had engaged in conversations with community members, officials and business owners in the area in hopes of building a privately financed ballpark to open as soon as 2023.

Kaval's group had finalized three spots, including one near Jack London Square in downtown Oakland and the current site of the Oakland Coliseum that the club shares with the NFL's Oakland Raiders.

In September, Kaval sent a letter to Peralta Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre detailing the low-budget franchise's plan for building on the site.

"We firmly believe that the Peralta Site represents the best opportunity to keep Oakland's last professional sports team in Oakland for the long term," Kaval wrote.


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