The San Francisco Chronicle released images credited to MANICA Architecture of a propsed 38,000-seat ballpark at the Port of Oakland near Jack London Square on Monday. NBC Bay Area's Chase Cain has reaction from residents.
The saga of the Oakland Athletics' search for a new home has a new chapter.
The San Francisco Chronicle released images credited to MANICA Architecture of a proposed 38,000-seat ballpark at the Port of Oakland near Jack London Square on Monday. Estimated at a cost of $500 million, the proposal was spearheaded by Clorox chairman and CEO Don Knauss and businessman T. Gary Rogers, the Chronicle reports.
It comes with the approval of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, quickly received a positive reception from A's fans in Oakland, but is in no way affiliated with the actual organization.
Not only are A's owners Lew Wolff and John Fisher not on board, but it appears they aren't taking the proposal seriously, either.
"It would be easier to build on Treasure Island," Wolff told Chronicle reporters Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross.
Translation: "Move along, nothing to see here."
Of course, it's not the first time a story like this has come along.
In 2006, the Chronicle reported the A's were moving forward on plans to head to Fremont. It too included a shiny new rendering. Didn't happen.
In 2010, renderings of a downtown San Jose stadium appeared. That plan still appears to be at the top of the Athletics' wish list, but Major League Baseball and the Giants remain set on preventing an A's move to the South Bay.
There's also the Coliseum City concept.