Editor's note: The above video is from January 2016.
OAKLAND — The A’s confirmed that team officials will take a tour Thursday of the Howard Terminal waterfront site that Oakland leaders believe is an ideal location for a new ballpark.
Majority owner John Fisher is expected to be among those checking out the site located at the Port of Oakland and near Jack London Square.
“We are looking at that location and other sites in Oakland, including the Coliseum,” A’s director of corporate communications Catherine Aker wrote in an e-mail.
From that standpoint, the A’s are maintaining a similar stance that they’ve been taking in their pursuit of a new stadium that’s gone on now for more than a decade — that they’re also still interested in building at the current Coliseum complex. But they’ve shown an increasing willingness to consider other sites around the city, and Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf has been outspoken in her support for a waterfront ballpark or a venue somewhere else closer to downtown than the Coliseum.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news of Thursday’s tour.
Though co-owner and managing partner Lew Wolff has been the public voice of the A’s ballpark pursuits, Fisher seemingly is taking on a more active role in the search.
There would be environmental hurdles to clear were the A’s to pursue building a stadium at Howard Terminal, and another drawback is the lack of a nearby BART station.
Building a new ballpark on the Coliseum complex remains problematic as long as the Raiders are potentially in the mix to remain there. They are heavily considering Las Vegas as their new home, though building a stadium there reportedly wouldn’t be ready for another three years at least, and they also would have the opportunity to move to Los Angeles and share the Rams’ new stadium should the Chargers pass on an option they hold to move to L.A.
The Chargers are still negotiating with San Diego officials about building a venue there.