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Oakland A’s Ballpark At Howard Terminal Plan Shows Bjarke Ingels Group Design

(Last Updated On: December 29, 2018)

Bjarke Ingels Group AKA BIG Architects brings innovative design to A’s Ballpark at Howard Terminal

UPDATE: Oakland A’s Ballpark At Howard Terminal to cost $850 Million.

The Athletics and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG Architects) are introducing an exciting design plan that has its new ballpark at Howard Terminal in Jack London Square, while it transforms the Coliseum into a kind of tech park (But we need manufacturing jobs, and they exist, you know?) that retains the Oracle Arena.

In the process, the A’s have answered the question of what they’re going to do with the ballpark – it’s on the waterfront near Jack London Square, and not at the Coliseum.

Coliseum Erased In Oakland A's Plan

Coliseum Stadium Erased In A’s Plan

In the plan, the A’s have announced they intend to kill or at least subdue any prospects for any other kind of professional field sport in , and have totally ignored the revenue potential from sports gaming and gambling for .

But first, the Howard Terminal Jewel Box Plan.

The ballpark that Bjarke Ingels Group or BIG Architects, have released is exciting and innovative. It effectively places the baseball diamond within a futuristic structure that consists of right-angles, open plans, and green roofs. The stadium has as its bookends two triangle form structures that, from a project financing standpoint, should be hotels. Overall, it’s a box design that opens out to allow a view of the Bay and Alameda Point from that position on ’s waterfront.

And the surrounding buildings indicate a built-out A’s Baseball District in Jack London Square. And given its investment catalyzing potential, its better to say it’s going to eat Jack London Square. Vivian Kahn, where are you?

The one problem with the design seems to be the lack of a full roof space to protect viewers from elements like rain. It’s also rather inflexible in its ability to be used for other events, like football, for example.

Must Think About Its Future And Carefully Execute The A’s Plan

has to make a decision on its future before this is given the green-light: between the Coliseum and Howard Terminal, Mayor Libby Schaaf has turned over roughly one-eighth of prime flatlands area to one group for land use planning: the A’s.

Yes, the A’s need the extra land to pay for the game-changing stadium planned for ’s ballpark. But that’s only if its entirely privately financed. There is tax increment financing that can be used, and should be – because it allows less land for the A’s and some ability to capture property tax revenue for economic development use. Hopefully, Mayor Libby Schaaf is willing to open her mind to its use – to date she has not shown she is.

Because of that in the A’s context, we get a plan that takes away the old, the Coliseum, for the new, Howard Terminal.

The Coliseum as we know it has been killed in the A’s plan. This, as other states with sports stadiums and arenas are ranking in good money from sports gaming. There has been no talk of how can raise revenue from sports gaming and gambling, and the City and the County of Alameda continue to show little interest, if any, in realizing the vast revenue potential the Coliseum offers.

In all, this is one more example of the and San Francisco Public Sector giving away its once great ability to do big projects to the private sector. The A’s project is exciting and big, and something sorely needs. But just because that’s the case does not mean we should do exactly what the Athletics want without any thought for how ’s future is impacted.

The Coliseum Stadium should remain and be made as a shrine to all of the great history in , as much as it offers room for the return of NFL Football and the arrival of professional soccer.

should not release its dream of big-city status. The Mayor seems bent on being a borough to San Francisco, rather than its own, unique place. That has to stop. We can make the we seek in the A’s plan, without effectively taking it from the A’s.

Thanks to A’s President Dave Kaval for this exciting dream of a plan. A true vision for ’s future. Now, let’s get to work on how to make it happen without selling our soul in the process.

Stay tuned.

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