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Re: “Updated: Sources Say Golden State Warriors Owners Are Interested in Buying the A’s and Building a Waterfront Ballpark in Oakland

Seems like the Howard Terminal site might be able to accommodate both a ballpark and a basketball arena--with the ballpark closer to Jack London Square, and the arena next door. The two seasons overlap by only two weeks (other than the playoffs), which means at least 120 weeknights and weekend days a year when thousands of people would be near downtown at times they would otherwise not be there--patronizing businesses and contributing to a vital downtown--a benefit to the entire City, and even the entire East Bay region. The two facilities could share a new BART station and any new parking structures. Patrons could walk to and from a variety of public transit options, and there is easy freeway access. The "Coliseum City" site could be used for the new football stadium the Raiders ownership wants to build--which, in the long off-season could be used for concerts and other events. The Coliseum site could also accommodate a new hotel or two and perhaps a convention center--all with easy people mover access to the airport, and easy BART access to the revitalized new downtown and Jack London Square. It could be nirvana. I say all this as someone who lives in, and loves, the City of Oakland and the East Bay region--not as someone with the means to make it happen. I hope those that do have the means will try to make it happen. Now that the arena over the water seems to be generating opposition, and MLB has blocked the move to San Jose, I wonder if the owners of the Warriors, A's and Raiders can all work with the City and other investors to make it all happen...

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Posted by Mark Kramer on 02/05/2014 at 12:07 AM

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