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News

Nov 9, 2017

Oakland Chamber Of Commerce Poll Finds Voters Support Peralta Site For A's Ballpark

Nov 8, 2017

A's stadium: New poll finds big support for Peralta site

Nov 8, 2017

Downtown Oakland Ballpark plan is a hit with voters, poll shows, by Matier & Ross

Nov 8, 2017

Poll: Majority of Oakland voters support new A's ballpark

Nov 7, 2017

The Oakland Coliseum's Uncertain Future

Nov 7, 2017

Laney or Bust!

Nov 7, 2017

The A's Must Hang on to Young Talent

Nov 7, 2017

Can Oakland Protect Chinatown and Eastlake?

Nov 7, 2017

The Laney College Opposition

Nov 7, 2017

Prosperity or Displacement?

Oct 10, 2017

A's preferred site for new ballpark is Peralta College land

Oct 10, 2017

A's stadium: Mayor Schaaf reacts to team's decision

Oct 10, 2017

Bob Melvin: New A's ballpark site is perfect for Oakland

Oct 10, 2017

A's ballpark: 'No commitments,' Peralta college chancellor says

Oct 10, 2017

Kurtenbach: The A's picked the right site for their new stadium

Oct 10, 2017

View from A's new stadium: 'A magnificent backdrop'

Oct 10, 2017

Editorial: A's stadium plan takes path of greatest resistance

Oct 10, 2017

Steward: One aspect of A's ballpark plan is right: Bolt Coliseum ASAP

Oct 10, 2017

A's want to build new ballpark next to Laney College in Oakland

Oct 10, 2017

Neighbors of Oakland A's planned ballpark raise concerns

Oct 10, 2017

Opposition emerges right off the bat to A's Laney ballpark plans

Oct 10, 2017

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf and councilmember Abel Guillen lukewarm to A's Laney ballpark plan

Oct 10, 2017

A's choose site for downtown ballpark: It's Laney College

Oct 10, 2017

A's select site for ballpark near Laney College

Oct 10, 2017

A's decide on site near Laney College site for ballpark

Oct 10, 2017

Athletics announce plan to build new stadium near Laney College in Downtown Oakland

Oct 10, 2017

Oakland A's settle on site for new ballpark next to Laney College

Oct 10, 2017

Oakland A's announce plans to build new stadium near Laney College

Oct 10, 2017

A's President Dave Kaval is the perfect guy to campaign for new ballpark

Oct 10, 2017

Why Oakland Coliseum site doesn't work for big-league teams

Oct 10, 2017

The A's have a smart pitch for Oakland

Sept 12, 2017

Letter to Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland City Council

Sept 12, 2017

Letter to the Alameda Country Board of Supervisors

Sept 12, 2017

Letter to the Peralta Community College District

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Updates

The Roots Ballpark Supporters Social
Join us for an Oakland ballpark supporters social
Tuesday, December 12
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7 p.m.
Peralta Board of Trustees meeting|333 East 8th Street, Oakland
Tuesday, December 12
7 p.m.
Peralta Board of Trustees meeting
333 East 8th Street, Oakland
Dave Kaval Facebook Live
Friday, November 17
|
3 p.m.
Dave will share updates on our ballpark process and answer fan questions.

Join us on facebook.com/athletics
Dave Kaval Facebook Live
Friday, November 17
3 p.m.
Dave will share updates on our ballpark process and answer fan questions.

Join us on facebook.com/athletics
Monday, November 13
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4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Lake Chalet|1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
Monday, November 13
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Lake Chalet
1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
Oakland A's President Dave Kaval will provide updates on our project, answer questions, and talk about ways you can become involved.

Join us for appetizers and a no-host bar. All ages are welcome.

In order to design an "authentically Oakland" ballpark, we are establishing an authentic community planning process. We need you, our supporters, to participate in this process.
Registration for this event is full. Visit again soon for another event.

Past Events

The Roots Ballpark Supporters Social | November 13

Priority Seating

Seating priority will be given to A's Season Ticket Members based on tenure and membership level. For more information on becoming a Season Ticket Member visit www.athletics.com/2018.

FAQs

What are the Guiding Principles of this project?

  • Strengthen the Athletics organization for the long-term both on and off the field
  • Advance the educational mission of Laney College and the Peralta Community College District
  • Build a ballpark project with community input that respects and celebrates the unique culture and character of Oakland and its neighborhoods

Where exactly will the new ballpark be located?

The ballpark will be located on a site that currently includes commercial warehouses, parking lots, and administrative offices for the Peralta Community College District. Renderings of the ballpark's exact footprint will be developed following input from the community as part of the design process.



Please see our timeline

Why did you select this location?

Our goal is to create the best ballpark experience for our fans, players, and community. Some of the most beloved ballparks in the league are integrated in a vibrant walkable urban environment, and we hope to achieve this in Oakland. We want our new venue to deepen our tie to Oakland.

We've spent the last year listening and engaging countless members of our community and know Peralta is the best location.

  • Walkability and Transportation - The Peralta site offers the best public transportation options in close proximity to downtown, including BART, AC Transit, convenient access to several freeways, and walkability and bikeability from downtown Oakland and surrounding communities. We expect that more than half of game attendees will arrive via public transportation, up from only 20 percent currently at the Coliseum.
  • Weather - The weather at Peralta will provide the warmest afternoons and early evenings of any of the three site options - and likely the nicest weather of any venue setting in the Bay Area - creating a great experience for our fans.
  • Neighborhood - This location will allow the A's to integrate with and add to a vibrant urban neighborhood around the ballpark, with new housing - including new affordable housing - open space and small business retail.
  • Views - Lake Merritt offers some of the best views of the Oakland skyline, along with sweeping views of the Oakland hills. Our new ballpark will share these same views with fans and Oakland visitors at every game.

When will we be able to see design plans for the ballpark?

In order to design an "authentically Oakland" ballpark, we are establishing an authentic community planning process. Over the next nine to 12 months, we will continue to engage stakeholders at all levels. This process starts with Peralta, Laney, and immediate neighbors in Chinatown and Eastlake/San Antonio. We've put together a world-class urban planning and design team that will lead community meetings beginning this fall to set project principles and identify key opportunities and challenges. The project will evolve to reflect the input we receive and ensure that we are meeting our common goals. We have already begun preparations for the planning process, but we know that a successful plan will be built on input from the community, collaboration and shared values for Laney and the surrounding community.

How are you financing this project?

The ballpark and ancillary development will be privately financed by the Oakland A's and the team's ownership group.

Will you lease or purchase the land? If you purchase, are you paying market value for the land?

The broad outlines and related particulars of a land deal with Peralta and Laney have yet to be determined. We are excited about the prospect of partnering with the Peralta District and Laney College in this process over the coming months and years.

What will the ballpark cost?

It is too early to say, but other new ballparks completed in recent years have cost in the many hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Peralta Board of Trustees recently hired a consultant to evaluate the community benefits for this project. Can you elaborate on this position?

Just as the A's have engaged a team of engineering, planning, architectural, environmental, and economic experts to assist us in this process, the Peralta District will be conducting its own due diligence process as we explore a potential partnership.

The Peralta Board of Trustees and Laney College approved a master plan for development on this land. How does that plan play into this project?

We believe there are opportunities for mixed-use development, consistent with the Laney facilities' master plan. This project can generate significant long-term revenue to support the college's educational mission and deliver a valuable and comprehensive community benefits package.

Are you rebuilding the Peralta offices? Are you moving Laney College?

We will work with the Peralta Board of Trustees to find a new location for the District offices that can offer a modern office environment.

It is important to note that we are not proposing to build on the Laney College campus itself. The ballpark is proposed for the Peralta District Office site. We are working in partnership with Laney College and the Peralta Community College District to explore improvements to classrooms and the campus and surrounding areas.

What about the Laney College athletic fields?

Our goal is to advance Laney College's educational mission, and this includes maintaining or improving the quality of the athletic facilities. We will work with Peralta to find the best location for their offices.

Where will ancillary developments be located? Are you purchasing additional land beyond the Peralta District Office site?

We are currently exploring a larger partnership with Laney College and the Peralta District on adjacent property, including the large surface parking lot across the channel from the Peralta site.

Where will parking be located? What is the transportation plan? Will Laney students lose their parking?

The ballpark plan must lead to improvements to the area's infrastructure, including parking and other transportation options. We have developed a ballpark transportation task force that includes participation from the City of Oakland, BART, AC Transit, and the Alameda County Transportation Commission to create a comprehensive transportation plan. This plan should not only mitigate traffic issues on game days, but should also be a catalyst for pedestrian safety measures and congestion-reducing improvements.

Our project will include parking for Laney and Peralta students, faculty, and staff.

What is the benefit to the Laney College community?

A new ballpark should strengthen the A's organization for the long-term while also advancing the educational missions of Laney College and the Peralta Community College District and protecting the historical legacy of the nearby neighborhoods.

At Laney College, we have held three open forums - one each for faculty, students, and staff. We also held open office hours at the Peralta District Offices and met with the Peralta Federation of Teachers, the four Peralta District college presidents, and key Peralta workforce development leaders. The process of engagement has only just begun.

A guiding principal for our project is to leave Laney College and the Peralta District stronger than they are today. The project must also add housing, including much-needed affordable housing, generate living wage jobs, and support existing residents and small businesses to ensure that they stay rooted in their neighborhoods.

How many events do you plan to hold at the ballpark?

We will host 81 regular season games annually at the ballpark. We are exploring other opportunities and events that can take place at the ballpark.

How will you address concerns about environmental impacts?

We strongly believe that the development plans must integrate into and enhance the surrounding natural landscape, furthering the vision of Measure DD to make the Lake Merritt Channel into a public amenity for the entire region. We also want to work with the City of Oakland and the community on a larger-scale plan for investment in other local neighborhood parks, such as nearby Madison Park.

How will you address noise issues?

As part of the community planning process, we will continue to engage neighborhood stakeholders and also conduct additional studies to ensure that noise from games and ancillary development isn't disruptive to Laney students or the surrounding areas.

How will the infrastructure improvements in the surrounding area be funded?

We will work with city and county to develop a plan for infrastructure needed to accommodate a ballpark and surrounding related development.

When will the new ballpark open?

Opening Day 2023.

Please see our timeline

Why is it going to take so long for the new ballpark to open?

We are committed to opening the new ballpark as soon as possible, and it is equally important that we take the time to have a thoughtful, inclusive and thorough dialogue with all stakeholders for this project. Our process is:



  • One year: Engage in a robust community process to ensure this projects fits in the neighborhood and celebrates Oakland's distinct and diverse cultures and history.
  • Two years: Begin permitting process, environmental approval and finalize ballpark design
  • 2021: Break ground
  • 2023: Open ballpark


Please see our timeline

How will fans get to the new ballpark?

Accessibility and transportation were primary factors in our decision. This site has convenient access from BART, AC Transit, other forms of public transportation, and Interstate 880. The Peralta site is a short walk from the Lake Merritt BART station, the 12th Street BART station and will be accessible by AC Transit stops planned for just a few blocks away. It is also walkable from downtown Oakland and Jack London Square, where Amtrak and the ferry are located.

With such convenient access, and more than half of attendees not needing to drive, we expect that games at the new ballpark will take as many as 3,000 to 4,000 cars off the road per game.

To ensure that we create the most convenient experience possible, we have formed a working group with the City of Oakland, BART, AC Transit, and the Alameda County Transportation Commission to build a comprehensive transportation plan.

How will Oakland benefit?

Oakland has been our home for 50 years. This plan will strengthen our tie to Oakland, and bring economic benefits to the community. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute has studied the economic impact a new ballpark could have on Oakland. The report determined:



  • Oakland residents and businesses are projected to reap approximately $3 billion in economic benefits over the first 10 years from the construction and operation of a new privately financed ballpark.
  • The ballpark is expected to create 2,000 construction jobs, many of which will go to local workers and businesses.


Much of this economic impact will directly benefit local Oakland small businesses and Oakland's working families through increase job opportunities that pay living wages.

You can read more about our economic impact reports here.

How will the surrounding neighborhood near the Peralta ballpark benefit?

The Peralta site is itself a collection of administration buildings, a parking lot and some commercial warehouses. Laney College is immediately adjacent to the site and the Eastlake neighborhood is within a few blocks. Further afoot, but within walking distance, are Oakland Chinatown, downtown and Lake Merritt.

We will work with urban planners to assist with the site planning process and ensure that we develop a project that is based largely on community input and works for the community. This will include new housing, including affordable housing, new space for small businesses and restaurants, public gathering spaces, parks and commercial real estate. We welcome and encourage your participation in this process.

How are you making sure the current residents can stay in the area and benefit from the project as the home values and rents rise in this area?

We are working with the Oakland City Council on a framework for interim short-term development controls to help mitigate any impacts from the site announcement. These controls could include historical preservation measures, increased rent control protections and other policies to help current residents stay in the area. In addition, any housing built in connection with this project will include significant affordable housing designed to provide homes for current residents so they can continue to live in their neighborhood.

Will there be community benefits?

Yes, the project will include a strong community benefits plan developed in conjunction with the local stakeholders and the community at large.

Will the project include affordable housing?

Oakland has a housing crisis and we hope to be part of the solution. The project will include a robust housing plan, including affordable housing, for both the Peralta and Coliseum sites. It may also include teacher and student housing options to support Laney College.

What are your plans around workforce development?

We have begun plans to create workforce development and job placement programs in partnership with Laney College that will help students learn skills and gain employment in fields ranging from culinary arts to security, digital media and graphic design, and architecture and construction.

Will Chinatown and Eastlake be impacted by this project?

Yes. This project will bring change to Oakland. But change can be positive - if done right. We plan to spend a full year working directly with the community to build a project that enhances local cultural legacies, protects long term residents and celebrates the wonderful diversity of Chinatown, Eastlake and Oakland's many other neighborhoods.

What will happen to the Oakland Coliseum?

The redevelopment of the Coliseum is part of our overall strategic plan and we will work with the City of Oakland and Alameda County on the re-uses for this site. We have carefully studied redevelopment opportunities for the Coliseum site. While it is a large piece of property, it is also six miles from downtown Oakland. Based on the nature and rate of development that is occurring downtown, we believe that the construction of a regional sports complex will best serve Oakland and the Bay Area as an initial anchor redevelopment project for the Coliseum site.

We plan to help create a regional sports complex, to include a recreational multi-use sports complex and an Urban Youth Academy for baseball and soccer. The new sports complex will be part of a broader public-private partnership between the A's and various agencies. The proposed plan includes substantial new housing options - including affordable housing - as well as a skills center, community gathering space, hotel, and office and retail development. This type of project will ultimately help the Coliseum site realize its full potential for the residents of Oakland for the long-term.

Why do you need a new ballpark?

A new facility is necessary to compete at the top level for the long-term, and we want our fans and Oakland to have a state-of-the-art venue. With a new ballpark, we will be able to retain our players and build a more competitive team to bring Oakland championship-caliber baseball.

Recognizing the timeline for this project, we have invested more than $4 million in renovations to the Oakland Coliseum this season and will continue to make substantial improvements to the Coliseum as long as it is our home.

This plan can bring economic activity to Oakland and add to the vibrant urban community that already exists in Oakland. Read more about the economic impact here.

How can I provide my input?

We are continuing the community engagement process and have a number of community town hall events being planned, dates to be announced soon. We will have numerous opportunities for our fans and the community to contribute and participate in this process. Please provide input to oaklandballpark.com.

How do I secure a seat in the new ballpark?

Seating priority will be given to A's Season Ticket Members based on tenure and membership level. For more information on becoming a Season Ticket Member visit www.athletics.com/2018.

With questions or comments on the new ballpark, please email oaklandballpark@athletics.com