West Alameda, Oakland A’s Team up for New Ballpark

Eric J. Kos    Stomper was definitely the life of the party at the A’s open house May 1.

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) co-hosted a forum to discuss the Oakland A’s proposed new ballpark across the estuary at Howard Terminal and redevelopment of the Oakland Coliseum location. The event took place at Michaan’s Auction Theater at Alameda Point, not far from the proposed stadium location.

“Our Jack London Square Ballpark, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, returns the baseball experience to the roots of the sport, while reimagining the ballpark,” reads the team’s official statement on the planned stadium. “A ‘ballpark within a park,’ the intimate stadium is nestled carefully into its urban surroundings.”

The project still faces a number of challenges, and the Oakland A’s need fan support to continue their efforts. A rally to support the team and the new stadium has been set for Monday, May 13, at Jack London Square, Broadway and Water Street, in Oakland.

“To create the most intimate experience in baseball, plans call for a total capacity of around 34,000, including fixed seats and general admission experience areas — to be arranged in the closest configuration possible to home plate,” continues the A’s statement. “The square block of the ballpark district will sit neatly within the extended urban fabric of Oakland, transforming the ballpark’s concourses into streets, and concessions into restaurants.”

The team explained that plans include providing diverse programming within and around the stadium which aim to keep the neighborhood active on game days and non-game days alike.

“The privately financed ballpark will anchor a new, vibrant waterfront district that will feature a mix of housing, including affordable housing, offices, restaurants, retail, small business space, parks and public gathering spaces,” said the team.

One of the A’s employees said the team has many other stadium opportunities available, but remains committed to staying in Oakland. 

“We’re doing this for our fans first,” he said. “And we need the fans to show us that this is the ballpark they want.”