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January 11, 2019

New ballpark next steps

Happy New Year, A's Fan! Baseball is right around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month. 

We've had a busy last month working on our plans for our ballpark at Howard Terminal and the redevelopment project at the Oakland Coliseum site. The response to our concept designs has been extremely positive. 

Our projects are guided by five principles that emerged from the extensive community outreach we conducted during the site selection process. Learn about our progress report

BIGGER THAN BASEBALL
Maximize the potential to catalyze economic and community benefits.

HONOR EAST OAKLAND
Ensure the Coliseum's project plans include a bold vision and real benefits tailored specifically to the residents of East Oakland, our neighbors and champions for the past 50 years.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Deliver an unparalleled experience for the best fans in baseball.

100% PRIVATELY FINANCED
Fulfill our commitment to privately finance the ballpark.

ROOTED IN OAKLAND
Reflect the unique spirit of Oakland and ensure local residents are first in line for opportunities and benefits.

We are now focused on our 120-Day Action Plan. The Action Plan consists of five goals we plan to achieve by Opening Day on March 28.

  1. Expanded Community & Stakeholder Engagement. We will continue to broaden and deepen our outreach activities to community members and key stakeholders impacted by the projects.
  2. Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Howard Terminal. We will initiate the EIR process for the ballpark district at Howard Terminal consistent with our 2023 development timeline.
  3. Agreement with Port of Oakland. We will secure an agreement with the Port of Oakland for the ballpark district prior to the expiration of our Exclusive Negotiating Agreement term.
  4. Framework for Coliseum Redevelopment with the City and County. We will develop a detailed framework in collaboration with the City of Oakland and Alameda County for the redevelopment of the Coliseum site.
  5. Economic and Community Benefits Package. We will develop a detailed framework to ensure the projects deliver strong economic and community benefits to the people of Oakland.

Six weeks into our plan, we are already making significant progress toward these goals: 

  • We have continued our community engagement process by hosting an open house for nearly 500 community members following the November announcement.
  • We continue to meet with community groups, neighborhood leaders and key stakeholders. If you're interested in having us present at a local event or meeting, please contact us at externalaffairs@athletics.com.
  • We are regularly meeting with the Port of Oakland, City of Oakland and Alameda County.
  • Along with SPUR, we hosted a Facebook Live Q&A event with our ballpark architects. Watch the event here. I also hosted a Reddit AMA with fans and answered a variety of questions. You can read the AMA here.
  • We began the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process for our ballpark at Howard Terminal. We presented at the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board meeting in December to seek input from the Board on the scope of environmental review of cultural resources.
  • We presented to the Oakland Planning Commission in December. We discussed both projects in detail, including the economic and community benefits for both West and East Oakland. Oakland native and Oakland Raiders Marshawn Lynch publicly stated his support for this project. See what he said here.
  • In two weeks we will host our annual FanFest on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Jack London Square. At this family-friendly free event, you can learn more about our ballpark project and redevelopment at the Coliseum site and hear from members of the project team.

We're confident with the progress we are making and are excited to share more information with you along the way. 

Thank you again for your support. 

Play ball,

Dave Kaval
Oakland A's President 

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