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Topic: A`s to build new stadium near old Baylands track.
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Mike Doyle
November 06, 2006 at 09:59:38 PM
Joined: 02/01/2005
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A's reach deal to move to Fremont, sources say. Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, S.F. Chronicle Staff Writers November 6, 2006 The Oakland A's' days of playing at the Coliseum may be numbered. The Oakland A's and Cisco Systems are poised to announce a deal that is likely to result in the team's eventual move to Fremont, sources told The Chronicle today. The team will acquire a 143-acre site near the former Baylands racetrack off of Interstate 880 in Fremont, land on which Cisco now has a long-term lease, and declare its intention build a ballpark there, the sources said. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is expected to come to the Bay Area for the announcement Nov. 14. Companies connected to the A's ownership have been buying property around the site. The team intends to help pay for the ballpark by building housing and retail projects next to the stadium. The A's have played in the Coliseum since moving from Kansas City, Mo., before the 1968 season. The team is on a year-to-year lease in Oakland. The Coliseum authority approved an extension last month through 2010, with a team option to renew the lease on a year-to-year basis through 2013.

Mike Doyle
November 07, 2006 at 11:20:01 AM
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This message was edited on November 07, 2006 at 11:22:22 AM by Mike Doyle
A's ready to move to Fremont Team expected to announce plan next week to get rights to land for a baseball-only stadium -- Cisco likely to be big sponsor Tuesday, November 7, 2006 Matier & Ross The Oakland A's are set to announce a major step forward next week in their plans to move down the Nimitz Freeway and build a 36,000-seat ballpark in Fremont. After months of negotiations, A's officials are ready to declare their intention to acquire the rights to a 143-acre site near the former Baylands racetrack, city-owned land that is now leased to Cisco Systems, sources close to the negotiations said Monday. The A's plan to announce that the site will be the preferred location for a baseball-only stadium, which the team hopes to construct without public financing. A's managing partner Lew Wolff, along with Cisco executives and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig -- a former fraternity brother of Wolff's at the University of Wisconsin -- are expected to make the announcement at a news conference in the Bay Area next Tuesday, the sources said. Cisco is expected to cede control of the property, south of Auto Mall Parkway on the west side of Interstate 880, to the A's. Cisco is likely to be a major sponsor of the ballpark and could have its name on the stadium, sources said. A's spokesman Jim Young would not confirm the timing of the announcement or its exact nature. But he noted that "Lew Wolff said that after the season is over that he hoped to able to give everyone an update of where we are -- and obviously the season is over. "From an organizational standpoint, we are getting closer to announcing some concrete plans that will significantly impact the future of the A's in the Bay Area and plans that the owner has been working very hard on for more than two years." Wolff, asked about the A's plans Monday by Chronicle baseball writer John Shea, said only, "I love you, but I got to go.' Cisco spokeswoman Abby Smith also would not comment. Companies connected to the A's ownership have been buying up property around the proposed Fremont ballpark site, transactions that were first reported in this column last month. A's officials envision housing and retail developments around the ballpark that could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and help cover the stadium's estimated $300 million-plus cost. Next week's expected announcement clears the way for the team to seek approval of the land transfer from Fremont and to begin the long process of conducting an environmental review and securing approvals from the city, Alameda County and Major League Baseball. Once the decks are cleared, the A's estimate that construction of the new ballpark could take anywhere from three to five years. Wolff is scheduled to brief Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman and the rest of the City Council individually in private meetings Wednesday. "My hope is that there will be a meeting and that they have made an agreement on the land,' Wasserman said. "The next thing that would happen would be for them to come to the city with a proposal. ... There's still a whole lot to go through to reach a development deal." The A's have played in the Coliseum since moving from Kansas City, Mo., before the 1968 season. But the team has been unhappy with the stadium since it was expanded in the mid-1990s to accommodate the return of the Oakland Raiders. This past season, in an effort to limit the number of seats and thus increase demand for advance tickets, the A's covered the Coliseum's top deck with tarps. The A's are playing at the Coliseum on a year-to-year lease. The Coliseum authority approved an extension last month through 2010 with a team option to renew the lease on a year-to-year basis through 2013. Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, who sits on the city-county Coliseum authority, said that all he knew about the impending A's-Cisco announcement was what he had heard from reporters. But De La Fuente said he wasn't surprised. "Teams and team owners look for the best deals for themselves, and that's understandable,' he said. "There's nothing we can do about it.' De La Fuente, who helped orchestrate the Raiders' return and got burned when it proved far more costly to taxpayers than advertised, all but ruled out an effort by Oakland to keep the A's with a new stadium. The team has explored several possible sites in the city, including the Coliseum parking lot, but has never come close to working out a deal. "The last thing we want to do is get into a bidding deal for the A's," De La Fuente said. "That's only beneficial to the team, and we are not going to do that.' De La Fuente said city officials had worked with the A's in good faith, but he's not convinced the team was serious about wanting to stay. "A lot of my colleagues think from the beginning that the handwriting was on the wall,' De La Fuente said. Outgoing Mayor Jerry Brown said that he had spoken with Wolff several times but that Oakland was operating from a fundamental disadvantage: "Fremont has the land.' Coincidentally, news of the A's pending announcement, first reported Monday on KCBS, comes as about 30 Major League Baseball officials are flying to the Bay Area this week to meet with the Giants' front office over plans for the 2007 All-Star Game at AT&T Park. The Giants have always said they would block any attempt by the A's to move to the South Bay, which Major League Baseball recognizes as the Giants' territory. But there's nothing the Giants could do about a move to Fremont; the Giants' territory ends at the Santa Clara County line. Giants Executive Vice President Larry Baer put on a diplomatic face Monday, saying: "I'm sure it will be a good new vision for them if they are going forward with it, and we wish them luck.' Selig said during the American League Championship Series between Oakland and the Detroit Tigers that he didn't have a problem with the A's moving to Fremont because "that's their territory.' As for how he feels about the idea of renaming the team the Fremont A's? "Let's not get into controversies,' Selig said.

November 07, 2006 at 12:39:59 PM
Joined: 10/30/2005
Posts: 1288

Great - something moderately more exciting to watch than the weeds that have been growing there for the past nearly 20 years. It will be a great thing for Fremont but the only way they will get me out there is if they plant a high-banked 3/8ths somewhere in that complex.

November 07, 2006 at 02:52:17 PM
Joined: 12/03/2004
Posts: 278

Maybe they'll hold a midget race in there during the offseason or something? "The Salute to Baylands Midget Classic" ? Hell...if they can do super cross in pac-bell anything's possible

November 08, 2006 at 07:37:55 AM
Joined: 11/27/2004
Posts: 361

Bring a coat!

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