Oakland Sinks Plans for Waterfront Ballpark

City will look at news way to try and keep its three teams in Oakland.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012  |  Updated 11:21 AM PDT
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Oakland Sinks Plans for Waterfront Ballpark

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Oakland is looking for a way to make the coliseum more attractive to its teams.

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California's run on redevelopment funds has all but killed one of the last efforts to keep the Athletics in Oakland.

The Oakland Tribune reports that the city has scratched plans for a waterfront ballpark near Jack London Square called Victory Court, in part because the plan is not viable without redevelopment dollars.

Gregory Hunter, the head of the soon-to-be-dissolved Oakland Redevelopment Agency, told the newspaper that the city cannot afford Victory Court without the redevelopment money.

Instead Oakland will turns its attention back to rebuilding a revamped O.Co coliseum, which could also prove to be a daunting task, especially since the city is trying to catch up to efforts to build new stadiums in San Jose and Santa Clara.

Oakland is facing the treat of losing the A's, the Raiders and the Golden State Warriors. All three teams owners have expressed a desire to find a new stadium.

The A's are pursuing their options in San Jose, while new Raiders' owner Mark Davis recently said his team is open to exploring stadium options wherever they can find them.

The Warriors ownership is believed to be interested in a move across the bay to San Francisco.

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