A’s $12B Ballpark Plan in Oakland Clears Hurdle

    • The team has been granted approval by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission to build a new waterfront ballpark.
    • A new ballpark is part of a $12 billion development plan in Oakland's Howard Terminal area.

The Oakland A’s have been granted approval by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission to build a new waterfront ballpark. 

A potential new ballpark is part of the team’s $12 billion plan — funded by private investment — to build a development that also includes apartment buildings, office spaces, and parks in Oakland’s Howard Terminal area. 

  • About $1 billion will go toward a 35,000-seat ballpark — that’s almost half the capacity of the team’s current home, which seats 63,000.
  • The project includes a 400-room hotel, 270,000 square feet of retail space, 3,000 housing units, and around $450 million in community benefits.

The A’s desire to build a new stadium comes amid record-low attendance to start the 2022 season, and the process hit a bump in the road in March after the commission’s Seaport Planning Advisory Committee voted 5-4 to maintain the area’s “port use” status. 

There is more work to be done for the A’s as they look to break ground on a new ballpark. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control also needs to grant approval, while final say will go to Alameda County.

Sin City Options

The A’s continue to explore the possibility of moving to Las Vegas, where a potential stadium site includes the famed Vegas Strip. The team could potentially partner with Gaming & Leisure Properties, a real estate investor that owns the Strip’s Tropicana hotel.