Top Menu

NUMMI plant pops up again as A’s ballpark site

A federal grant will help Fremont plot the future of the closed car-manufacturing plant, now pitched as the potential site of a new Oakland A's ballpark.

A federal grant will help Fremont plot the future of the closed car-manufacturing plant, now pitched as the potential site of a new Oakland A's ballpark.

The grant, $333,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce is designed to help Fremont officials plot the next life for the 370-acre site, sitting idle since April 1 when the joint manufacturing venture between General Motors and Toyota closed.

The site grades high in terms of suitability for a ballpark site: there's plentiful freeway access, there's lots of land for parking and other development, and there's a BART station opening in 2014. The proposal calls for 120 acres to be devoted to the ballpark site. (Compare that to the eight-plus acres used for Target Field.) Of course, the aesthetics of the site are woefully lacking: the NUMMI site is in the midst of an industrial area. 

The biggest advantage for the site for Lew Wolff: it's in Fremont, but it's still close to the San Jose population/advertising base he covets. The biggest advantage for Fremont officials: there's no residential area nearby to oppose the proposal.

Still, there are some obstacles looming. Wolff has already made such a commitment to a new San Jose ballpark that it may be hard for him to pull back and go back to Fremont. A task force appointed by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig regarding the future of the A's will consider the Fremont site in addition to a San Jose site and four Oakland sites (three downtown in addition to the present Coliseum site). And Fremont officials are talking like they want to be paid for the land; San Jose is offering free land for a privately financed facility.

RELATED STORIES: Fremont comes back to A's, MLB with another ballpark site; Wolff: A's could share ballpark with MLS's Quakes; Does a San Jose A&'s ballpark make economic sense?; Giants digging in their heels in opposition to A's San Jose ballpark; San Jose to put off ballpark referendum until 2010; San Jose ballpark committee meets for first time; San Jose to discuss blueprints for A's ballpark negotiations; Various San Jose groups begin task of landing A'sSelig forms committee to study Oakland ballpark situation; Wolff to Oakland: Drop dead!; Oakland forming new committee to pursue new A's ballpark; San Jose mayor: We have better than 50-50 shot at landing the A's; San Jose city committee wants to see poll of residents before moving forward on A's; Could Oakland Coliseum work as baseball-only venue?Wolff: Goal is team in "Northern California"; A's officially drop Fremont ballpark plans; Wolff says there's no backup plan; A's suspend Fremont plans; will reevaluate future home for club; A's: No new ballpark until 2014; Wolff: A's still committed to Fremont ballpark; A's cancel community meetings as opposition to new ballpark plan accelerates; New A's ballpark opposed by hundreds of protesters; Oakland admits original plans for Cisco Field are all but dead

Share your news with the baseball community. Send it to us at

Subscribers to the weekly Ballpark Digest newsletter see features before they're posted to the site. You can sign up for a free subscription at the Newsletter Signup Page.

Join Ballpark Digest on Facebook and on Twitter!