The Oakland Athletics have selected their preferred site to build a privately-financed, 35,000-seat ballpark in the East Bay. Keeping the Major League Baseball franchise in Oakland has become a heightened priority after the recent departures of the Raiders to Las Vegas and the Warriors to San Francisco. And the A’s cannot remain in Oakland without construction of a new facility.
The site near Laney College was chosen for its proximity to transportation – both Interstate 880 and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train system – and its opportunities for housing and commercial developments.
To secure the site, the A’s will have to make a deal with the Peralta Community College District, who owns the land and locates the district’s headquarters there. As part of the deal, the team will need to pick up the cost of relocation for the district.
If a deal is made, construction on the new ballpark will begin in 2021, with the intention of opening the venue by 2023.