It isn’t the ready-made site.
It isn’t the most picturesque site.
But the A’s picked the best site to build their new ballpark.
Tuesday, A’s president Dave Kaval announced in a letter to the Peralta Community College District that the team’s preferred site to build a new privately financed, 35,000-seat ballpark is right next to Oakland’s Laney College.
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We’re still in the earliest of early stages when it comes to building a ballpark — no deal has been made, a preference has only been stated.
There are countless things that can impede the A’s from opening up a new ballpark south of Lake Merritt in the spring of 2023, but Kaval was astute in making that site his top choice.
Let’s establish that I have a bit of bias here — Kaval picked my neighborhood. I live next to Laney College. Not within walking distance close — I’m throw-a-baseball close. The new ballpark (if built) will be almost literally in my front yard. While I’m certainly concerned about rent prices going through the roof, I do enjoy short commutes to work — it’s one of the reasons I moved into the area.
The Lake Merritt BART stop that’s across the street from Laney is an incredible hub that had to be at the heart of the A’s reasoning to choose the site.
From my BART stop, I can get into San Francisco without having to fight bridge traffic, or get to Berkeley without having to drive, or skip 880 when heading to San Leandro to see family. Those three places: 20 minutes, max. It’s a coup.
Oh, and the South Bay is accessible via 880 (a block south of Laney College) and Amtrak (less than a mile walk from Jack London Square station).
You’d be hard pressed to find a better axis in the East Bay, and that’s exactly what the A’s need around their new ballpark. Say what you will about the Coliseum’s looks, but it wasn’t hard to reach. The A’s couldn’t be regressive on that front.
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