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Oakland A's announced on Wednesday its intention to build a futuristic stadium on the Howard Terminal waterfront.
An illustration of the new stadium shows a futuristic installation with a "one-of-a-kind" jewelry box design, said A president Dave Kaval.
The stadium is designed by the Danish architecture office Bjarke Ingels Group.
"This design will allow us to blur the boundaries of a traditional baseball stadium and integrate it into the surrounding neighborhood," Kaval said in a press release from his team, stating that the stadium was "a stadium." in a park … nested with care in its urban environment ". The illustration shows geometric patterns in and around the stadium and "a raised park that wraps and frames the bowl to go down to the edge of the water".
As part of this project, the A also propose to transform the current site of the Colosseum into a technological and residential hub, while preserving Oracle Arena and reducing the Colosseum to a low-rise sports park, like San Francisco and Kezar stadium. "We are planning to redevelop the Coliseum to help this site realize its full potential for Oakland residents in the long run," said Kaval.
Wednesday's announcement followed a frustrating process that lasted years and caused A's apathy at the Fremont, San Jose and Laney College sites, where the team was upset when the university district owned the property. field opposed the team's proposal.
The A may not be out of the woods. A sports consultant and former A leader, Andy Dolich, writes in this newspaper on Sept. 7, warned that "the significant obstacles related to the construction at (Howard Terminal) have been well documented."
"They include the depollution of toxic products, the environmental problems related to the proximity of a commercial and public waterway, the relocation of businesses, legal problems, bureaucratic obstacles, access / exit I-880, traffic from Amtrak and BART, and possible backflow from West Oakland's neighbors. . "