A’s On Track To Finalize 10-Year Coliseum Lease

Various roadblocks slowed final approval of the Athletics’ 10-year lease agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Colisum Authority. Now, an agreement has been reached that paves the way to a finalization of the deal, which is expected to keep the club in the O.Co Coliseum for the next decade, as Will Kane and Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle report.

Oakland raised various issues after the deal had initially been struck, leading MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to give A’s owner Lew Wolff permission to look for a new home city for the club. But those issues were worked out this week, with Oakland’s City Council joining the Coliseum Authority in granting approval. The last apparent hurdles — approval by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and a potential re-approval by the Authority — are expected to pose no difficulties, according to the report.

The approximately $20MM deal still permits the A’s to leave the stadium as soon as December of 2017, though they would remain on the hook for the full rental term. Both Wolff and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan have expressed hope in finding a way to build a new ballpark in the relatively near future.


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18 Comments on "A’s On Track To Finalize 10-Year Coliseum Lease"


agureghian
1 year 11 days ago

What happens with the Raiders who want to demolish the o.co?

not_brooks
1 year 11 days ago

The Raiders (Al Davis specifically) ruined the Coliseum. Their punishment is to be stuck there forever.

disadvantage
1 year 11 days ago

Indeed he did. Just removing Mount Davis would improve the stadium a tenfold from what it is right now.

letsgogiants
1 year 11 days ago

If only it were that easy. Apparently, there are still payments that need to be made for when it was constructed.

disadvantage
1 year 11 days ago

Ouch, I didn’t know the logistics of it. If I were rich, I would totally pay money to have it torn down anyways. This coming from a Giants fan who has no real inclination toward the A’s. That’s how much I hate Mount Davis.

northsfbay
1 year 11 days ago

It looks like the A’s are giving up on moving to San Jose. They could never change the owners minds. They want to build a new stadium in Oakland.

Karkat
1 year 11 days ago

Such a shame. I got to visit San Jose earlier this year and it’s a really beautiful city.

Big Giant Head
1 year 11 days ago

It must really be a good deal. Who would want to stay in Oakland?

Karkat
1 year 11 days ago

Well part of it is the Giants throwing a big hissy fit whenever the A’s talk about moving to San Jose because the Giants have “claimed” San Jose

northsfbay
1 year 11 days ago

All teams have territories. The other 2 team markets are shared territories. You need a 3/4 vote of the owners to move into another teams territory. It is bad for business for the Giants to give up San Jose.

Karkat
1 year 11 days ago

Think of all the jaded Oakland fans the Giants could woo, though!

Big Giant Head
1 year 11 days ago

OK, that makes sense. I have been to the Coliseum once; just not a place for baseball – but then I’m getting spoiled by the smaller, more intimate ballparks.

Karkat
1 year 11 days ago

I’m pretty sure it’s a consensus that the Coliseum is the worst park in the majors, by a significant margin.

Chioakcisco
1 year 11 days ago

Tropicana Field says hi.

basemonkey
1 year 11 days ago

It would be great to see the As get a new ballpark. It would be a great story. Such a good team shouldn’t be in such a weird place.

Chioakcisco
1 year 11 days ago

As a lifelong A’s fan and an Oakland native, it’s been so difficult to see this situation play out. Yes, the A’s are having their best season in a long time, but many in Oakland are absolutely appalled with Lew Wolff’s reluctance to stay in the city and Bud Selig’s continued procrastination in dealing with it all. Here’s hoping that this is the beginning of the end to this saga.

northsfbay
1 year 11 days ago

Baseball is first and foremost a business. Lew Wolff thought is was best for his business to move to San Jose. The commissioner is elected by the owners. He is not going against the owners. The owners don’t want teams moving into their territories.

SiladelphiaSillies
1 year 11 days ago

O.co Coliseum reminds me of stadiums like the Vet and Three Rivers. That alone should be enough to allow the A’s to move!