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A's plans for a new downtown ballpark dealt a crushing blow

A's plans for a new downtown ballpark dealt a crushing blow

With plans for the stadium, previously to have been designed by Sasaki, Snøhetta, Studio T-Square, and HOK, now potentially derailed, it also remains to be seen if the A's will remain in Oakland.

Despite growing opposition from Laney students and activists in recent months, the A's had hoped to appeal to them through a robust community engagement process, with plans that would include affordable housing and workforce training, among other ideas to generate revenue supporting the college. HOK and Snøhetta were to collaborate on the design of the new ballpark, and to make sure that it wouldn't remain an "insular" experience. Though no renderings had been released, construction was expected to have finished by 2023. "It was never that this was a done deal and I think that I have been very clear that we had no commitment, no deal, no contract", said Peralta Community College District Chancellor Dr. Jowel Laguerre.

A protest at the Peralta district offices shortly after the A's announced their intent to build there.

"We are shocked by Peralta's decision to not move forward", the A's said in a statement released this morning. "We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity".

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"It is unfortunate the discussion with Peralta ended so abruptly, yet we are committed, more than ever, to working with the A's and our community to find the right spot in Oakland for a privately-financed ballpark", Schaaf said.

The Oakland A's was surprised by the Boards decision to halt future plans. They proposed to pay for the ballpark themselves, and they pledged to work with the community for a year to develop a project that would enhance the neighborhood, rather than force a stadium within it.

But the team had always faced an uphill battle in choosing the site at Laney.

According to SFGate, A's President Dave Kaval could not be reached for comment regarding the directive to Laguerre.


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