If the Oakland A’s have their way, traveling to the team’s proposed ballpark at Howard Terminal would involve gliding over Interstate 880 and the Southern Pacific railroad tracks in an aerial gondola. But the city isn’t counting on it. Read more here (subscription required).
Tag Archives: Howard Terminal
City Not Relying A’s Gondola Plan to Shuttle Fans
Approval for A’s New Ballpark Rounding the Bases
The Oakland A’s pitch for a waterfront ballpark became closer to reality after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve an agreement with the port that allows the release of the project’s environmental review. Read more here.
Talks Resume Between City and Team Over Coliseum Site
Talks between the City of Oakland and the Oakland A’s over a new ballpark resumed Wednesday, but without any agreement by the City to drop its lawsuit aimed at blocking the team from buying Alameda County’s half-share of the Coliseum site. Read more here.
Filed under Legal
Governor Signs Bills to Help Advance A’s Ballpark Plans
Amid new threats the Oakland Athletics could move to Las Vegas if a lawsuit by the city of Oakland is not dropped, the state capital has signaled its support for a new ballpark in downtown Oakland. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two Oakland-centric ballpark bills last week, each sponsored by local state officials, which will streamline the regulatory process and help fund infrastructure around the proposed site. Read more here.
Filed under League & Franchise, Legal, Market & Location
Oakland A’s Ballpark Bill Approved by Legislature
Legislation that would make it easier for Oakland (CA) to finance the infrastructure needed for a proposed Oakland A’s ballpark at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal cleared its final hurdle at the state Capitol. Supporters are asking Governor Newsom to sign the bill into law. Read more here.
Oakland Ballpark Opponents Voice Concerns
Stakeholders at the Port of Oakland on this week gave the Oakland City Council an earful of concerns with a proposal for a new Oakland A’s ballpark near Jack London Square. Read more here.
Solving the Transportation Puzzle for New A’s Ballpark
Unlike the Coliseum, which is adjacent to a BART station, the Howard Terminal site is isolated. It’s a mile away from three BART stations and constrained by railroad tracks and a waterfront. It hugs a port bustling with truck traffic that’s critical to the region’s economy. Read more here.
New A’s Ballpark Could Bring $7.3 Billion in Economic Benefit
The Oakland Athletics’ plan to build a privately-financed ballpark at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square could generate $7.3 billion in economic benefits over 10 years for Oakland and Alameda County, according to a study by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Read more here.
Commission Gives Thumbs Up to Tentative Deal for Proposed Howard Terminal Ballpark
The Port of Oakland Commission voted Monday to approve a tentative term sheet with the Oakland A’s to build a new ballpark at Howard Terminal despite some outspoken opposition. Read more and watch news report here.
Commission to Take Up A’s Ballpark Proposal, Supporters and Opponents Line Up
Both sides in the fight over the Oakland A’s waterfront ballpark are expected to turn out in force Monday for the first round in the approval process for the team’s planned 35,000-seat stadium, housing, retail and entertainment development at the Port of Oakland. Read more here.
A’s Work to Accommodate Maritime Industry in Howard Terminal Ballpark Plan
With a bow to the shipping industry, the Oakland Port Commission is set to vote on the tentative term sheet for the Oakland A’s waterfront ballpark plan on May 13. If approved, the A’s would have four years to complete an environmental import report and get the needed land use approvals from state and local agencies before they can reach a land lease deal with the port. Read more here.
A’s Clear Legislative Ballpark Hurdle
The Oakland A’s proposal to build a new waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal cleared a significant hurdle Monday night, as the California State Assembly Committee on Natural Resources voted 7-0 to move key legislation forward. Read more here.
Opposition to A’s Ballpark Plan Heating Up
A new coalition took to the steps of Oakland City Hall Thursday to formally announce their opposition to the Oakland A’s plan to build a new stadium at the busy Howard Terminal. Read more here. Maritime stakeholders are also turning up the heat in opposition to the A’s ballpark plans. Read more here.
A’s Tweak Ballpark Design
The Oakland Athletics have released updated renderings of the proposed ballpark at Howard Terminal. The team said it tweaked the design of the original boxy structure to provide better views of the bay and Oakland and after getting feedback from fans and public officials. Read more here.
Despite Obstacles, MLB Chief Optimistic About A’s Chosen Ballpark Site
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred remains solidly behind the Oakland A’s efforts to build a stadium, even in the wake of a recent report about hazardous chemicals and the need for costly cleanup at the team’s preferred Howard Terminal site. Read more here. Read about mounting ballpark opposition here.
Oakland A’s Unveil New Ballpark Gondola Service
Prior to Oakland A’s FanFest at Jack London Square on Saturday, the team’s president, Dave Kaval, introduced the newest idea for the future home of the A’s — a gondola service. Read more here.
A’s Working to Address New Ballpark Traffic, Shipping-Channel Concerns
The proposed Oakland Athletics baseball park to be located at the Port of Oakland is drawing criticism and opposition from maritime stakeholders, but a spokesman for the Oakland Athletics says that many of the industry’s concerns can be addressed. Read more here.
A’s Unveil Waterfront Ballpark Plan, Coliseum Redevelopment
The Oakland A’s have unveiled a “bigger than baseball” mega-ballpark deal that includes a “jewel box” waterfront stadium at Howard Terminal on the city’s waterfront. Read more here. View more renderings here.
A’s Will Announce Ballpark Deal Soon
The Oakland A’s are on track to announce a tentative deal to build a new ballpark by the end of the year, Dave Kaval, the club’s president, told Boomskie on Baseball, with a solid projection to open by 2023. Read more here.
Gov. Brown Helps Pave Way for A’s New Ballpark
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will prevent environmental complaints from significantly stalling the construction of a new ballpark for the Oakland A’s should they choose to build at an industrial waterfront spot. Read more here.
State Lawmakers Help Clear Path for A’s Ballpark at Howard Terminal Site
State lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make it just a little bit easier for the Oakland A’s to build a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal site near the Port of Oakland. Read more here
Filed under Design & Construction, Legal, Stadium Issues
A’s to Ditch Season Tickets, Face Push Back on Howard Terminal Ballpark Site
The Oakland A’s announced this week that they will no longer offer traditional season tickets for 2019. The program will be replaced by something not yet tried before in Major League Baseball: A membership program, called A’s Access. Read more here. Meanwhile, there is push back on the Howard Terminal site for a new ballpark. Read more here.
Howard Terminal and Coliseum Sites Now Officially on Negotiating Table
The Oakland (CA) City Council this week approved an “exclusive negotiating agreement” with the Oakland A’s, allowing the two to begin talks about constructing a ballpark at the Coliseum, the team’s home for 50 years. The A’s now have the blessing to study both the Coliseum and Howard Terminal in their quest to build a new ballpark in Oakland. Read more here.
Commissioners Vote to Enter Exclusive Negotiations with A’s for Howard Terminal Site
Port of Oakland commissioners on Thursday voted 6-0, with one member absent, to enter into exclusive negotiations with the Oakland A’s — a yearlong adventure where the only guarantee right now is the two sides agree to talk about Howard Terminal as a location for a new ballpark. Read more here.
Filed under Market & Location, Stadium Issues
Vote to Advance Negotiations for Proposed Howard Terminal Ballpark Site Expected Thursday
Port of Oakland commissioners this week will vote on whether to enter into exclusive negotiations with the Oakland A’s to build a stadium at Howard Terminal, the first step in a yearlong review of the property. Read more here.
A’s Float Gondola System to Transport Fans to Games
The Oakland A’s are exploring using a gondola ski lift to transport fans from downtown to the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal, where the team is thinking of building a new ballpark. Read more here and here.
Filed under Amenities & Features, Market & Location, Stadium Issues
Rising Sea Levels an Issue for Howard Terminal Site?
The Howard Terminal is still getting a strong look for a location for the new Oakland A’s ballpark, but Team President Dave Kaval reportedly mentioned twice on Saturday that rising sea levels (and transportation concerns) would have to be taken into consideration as site analysis continues. Read more here.
Filed under Market & Location, Stadium Issues
MLB Commissioner Comments on A’s Howard Terminal Option,
During his news conference at Tuesday’s Cactus League Media Day, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred had high praise for his recent visit to Oakland for a tour of the Howard Terminal site near Jack London Square. Read more here.
A’s Majority Owner Receptive to Howard Terminal Site for New Ballpark?
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s push for a possible ballpark at Howard Terminal north of Jack London Square hasn’t won over A’s managing partner Lew Wolff. On the other hand, we’re told the mayor is getting a more receptive ear from the person whose voice counts most — the team’s majority stakeholder, John Fisher. Read more here.
Despite Wolff Rejection, Group Presses Ahead with Waterfront Ballpark Plan
Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff on Wednesday once again rejected a ballpark at Howard Terminal, but that isn’t stopping the Oakland Waterfront Ballpark, LLC from moving ahead to obtain permits and regulatory approval for a baseball stadium on the 50-acre site in hopes that Wolff or a future team owner will build it. Read more here.