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Oakland A’s embrace their position in the city

on May 9, 2017

Oakland was once home to three professional sports teams, but only one has plans to stay in the city. On March 27, the NFL officially approved the Oakland Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas, and the Golden State Warriors are currently constructing a new arena across the bay in San Francisco. The A’s, on the other hand, have announced a commitment to remaining in Oakland.

But while the team will stay, there will be some changes. Team President Dave Kaval has announced plans for a new stadium. There are four locations under consideration—one at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square, two around Lake Merritt and one at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Wherever it is built, the new stadium will include a number of amenities for fans.

“We’re hearing from so many different fans about having a ballpark village. Wherever we build, whether it’s here at the Coliseum, or at Howard Terminal, or Lake Merritt, we’re going to incorporate that in to the design,” Kaval said. “People living, working, going to bars and restaurants around the ballpark. Really, a fun environment for baseball and for the community.”

Kaval said the team’s player are excited, too. “I address the players the first day they arrive at spring training, and the one message I wanted to get across was we are playing for Oakland this year,” Kaval said. “I think it’s really resonated with them, they’re playing well and they’re excited about representing a great city.”

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