Sources conversant in the dealings instructed ESPN that the transfer may put strain on native authorities officers to approve plans for a brand new stadium venture, which has been in flux for a number of years.
The A’s have performed in Oakland since 1968 — having beforehand performed in Kansas Metropolis from 1955-1967 and Philadelphia from 1901-1954 — and spent nearly all of that span at their present stadium, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
The group has prioritized constructing a waterfront stadium in downtown Oakland on the Howard Terminal web site, however has hit a number of snags through the years and at the moment are taking relocation choices critically.
“The longer term success of the A’s is dependent upon a brand new ballpark,” A’s proprietor John Fisher mentioned in an announcement obtained by ESPN. “Oakland is a superb baseball city, and we’ll proceed to pursue our waterfront ballpark venture. We will even comply with MLB’s course to discover different markets.”
The A’s are the lone remaining sports activities franchise in Oakland after the NBA’s Golden State Warriors moved again throughout the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco and the Raiders relocated to Las Vegas.
The brand new stadium venture, which has been in dialogue for twenty years, has reportedly included a number of websites in Oakland, in addition to a number of different close by cities together with Fremont and San Jose.