Don’t look now, but there’s another proposed Oakland A’s stadium site in Oakland. Okay, not really “another” — it’s the same Howard Terminal site that’s been kicking around for years — but at least it’s not the Coliseum City complex that would require the A’s current home to be torn down before a new one could be built. And now the Howard Terminal site (near the outdoor mall area at Jack London Square, if you know Oakland geography at all) has prominent proponents, like Clorox CEO Don Knauss and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s son! Plus artist’s renderings:
And a capsule description — “imagine AT&T Park flanked by giant shipping cranes” — that, um, okay, maybe that one needs a little work.
A’s owner Lew Wolff continues to hate the Howard Terminal site, calling it “as close to impossible as anything” and saying it “would be easier to build on Treasure Island.” But then, he would say that, as he’s angling to prove to MLB that he has no choice but to move his team to San Jose, where the people with money just happen to live. A bigger objection would be that there’s still no idea of how the $500 million construction cost would be paid for (pretty sure that doesn’t include land and environmental cleanup), but that still doesn’t make it any more implausible than Coliseum City. Maybe somebody will actually get serious about crunching numbers once the San Jose territorial rights issue is resolved, which should be any century now.