Monday December 4, 2023

A New Coliseum Bidder

  • Stewart submitted a $115 million bid to buy the city of Oakland’s share of the Coliseum site.
  • The A's purchased half of the land stake from Alameda County last year for $85 million.
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A former Oakland Athletics player is attempting to take the team’s real estate plans into his own hands. 

Dave Stewart submitted a $115 million bid to buy the city of Oakland’s share of the Coliseum site. The former pitcher previously said that he and a group of local and national business executives could place a 10% initial deposit.

The A’s — now the last professional team to use the site after the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Raiders left — purchased half of the Coliseum land stake from Alameda County last year for $85 million. 

Stewart’s plans for the site include redevelopment and even a potential new stadium if the team’s current plans to build a new ballpark near the Port of Oakland fall through. 

  • The A’s have planned to open a new ballpark for the 2023 season, but that looks increasingly unlikely. 
  • Stewart, an A’s analyst on their pre- and post-game broadcasts, wants to make the current site and surrounding area more appealing. 

The city is also considering a $92 million bid from a group looking to bring an NFL team back to Oakland — with the league’s first Black ownership group. The group includes NBA agent Bill Duffy and a former Oakland city manager.

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