Q: What is the Oakland A’s ballpark proposal?
A: The Oakland Athletics have proposed to build a baseball park and mixed-use buildings on Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland. The main feature of the project would be a new open-air waterfront multi-purpose Major League Baseball ballpark with a capacity of up to 35,000-persons that would serve as the new home for the A's in Oakland. The proposed project would also include residential units, office buildings and mixed retail. The project would also include cultural and civic uses that would be developed in blocks throughout the Project site west of the ballpark including
- an approximately 3,500-seat performance center;
- an approximately 280,000-square-foot 400-room hotel;
- a network of public open spaces located throughout the site that would connect the pedestrian and bicycle network along the Oakland waterfront to the site; and
- two large-scale open spaces.
The large-scale open spaces would consist of an approximately 5-acre area referred to as "Athletics Way," which would extend Water Street from Jack London Square into the site, encircling the ballpark; and a large Waterfront Park that would extend along Oakland Estuary from Water Street and Jack London Square on the east to the western edge of the existing wharf on the Project site. The Port of Oakland Board of Port Commissioners has made no commitment to the project. It has approved a term sheet that gives the A’s up to four years to obtain necessary approvals and agreements. At that point, negotiations with the A’s could resume.
Q: Why is the Port of Oakland supporting the A’s project?
A: The Board of Port Commissioners has made no commitment to the project. It has approved a term sheet that gives the A’s up to four years to obtain necessary approvals and agreements. At that point, negotiations with the A’s could resume.
Q: What’s in it for the Port of Oakland?
A: The Port sees potential benefits that include diversification of its business, greater nationwide visibility, more visitor traffic at Jack London Square, and a boost for neighboring businesses.
Q: Won’t the A’s proposal inhibit maritime business?
A: No. Our tenants have made significant investments in recent years to accommodate growth, so we expect growth to continue. We will develop Seaport Compatibility Measures to make sure the project doesn’t affect the Port’s maritime business.
Q: What about traffic impacts?
The development project would include a comprehensive transportation and circulation plan to minimize vehicular congestion and avoid conflicts between vehicular and pedestrian traffic generated by the Project and seaport operations, including cargo trucks.
Q. Why don’t you use Howard Terminal for ships?
A: Howard Terminal isn’t ideal for handling the most modern, ultra-large container ships. It’s still used for smaller ships and tug boats, as needed.
Q: Does the term sheet give the A’s final approval for the ballpark?
A: No. The Board approved a non-binding term sheet. The A’s must complete an environmental review process and get land use approvals from a number of public agencies. Then they must resume negotiations with the Port to determine if a final real estate agreement can be reached.
Q. How are the maritime industry’s concerns being addressed?
A: The Board of Port Commissioners has directed Port staff to work with maritime customers to develop Seaport Compatibility Measures to ensure that the proposed development does not hinder seaport operations...for example, keeping auto traffic away from road access into the port.