When it comes to developments in their city, the Oakland A's
have just hit a grand slam. The Bay Area baseball team has announced plans for a new ballpark to be built at Howard Terminal along the city's waterfront, as well as a redevelopment of the Oakland Coliseum
, the team's current home, that will turn it into a mixed-use recreation and residential venue.
A privately financed project, the new 34,000-seat stadium will include an elevated park that will wrap around its edges and trail down to meet the waterfront, where a new district will rise to include housing, restaurants, retail and more, all scheduled to open in 2023.
"We are excited to build a bold, iconic ballpark at Howard Terminal," said Oakland A's president Dave Kaval
in a statement. "This design will allow us to blur the boundaries of a traditional ballpark and integrate into the surrounding neighborhood. However, this undertaking is bigger than baseball. In addition to developing at Howard Terminal, we plan to redevelop the Coliseum to help that site realize its full potential for the residents of Oakland for the long term. We look forward to continuing our work with the community to develop both projects."
Kaval emphasized that these plans grew out of more than a year of conversations with more than 100 public officials, 80 community-based organizations, and 500 Oakland residents and community leaders.
Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of Bjarke Ingels Group
, the ballpark's designer, described how it would aim to "return the game to its roots as the natural meeting place for the local community. The perimeter park connects a cascade of social spaces for the fans to enjoy the sport on game days and extends the urban fabric with a neighborhood park to be enjoyed 365 days a year."
The A's plans for the Coliseum include transforming the site into a large park surrounded by new housing, a "skills center," public spaces, retail developments and restaurants. It will be anchored by the Oracle Arena (repurposed as a concert and events center) and the original, preserved Coliseum baseball diamond.
The A's will now begin a 120-day action plan that includes an environmental review of the Howard Terminal site and negotiations for an agreement with the Port of Oakland.
"We are also committed to delivering a baseball experience for our fans like no other," said Kaval. "Our proposed two-project approach will enable us to deliver on our promises to both our fans and community."