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360 Architecture nabs A’s ballpark design

oaklandathletics4If Lew Wolff and the Oakland A’s end up building a new ballpark in San Jose, Kansas City’s 360 Architecture will be designing it, according to an announcement from the team.

No surprise, as 360 Architecture has been working with Wolff and the A’s for years now on ballpark design; 360 did the initial work on the aborted Cisco Field concept in Fremont. The firm has been strong in recent years, designing Huntington Park for the Columbus Clippers (Class AAA; International League) and BB&T Ballpark for the Winston-Salem Dash (High Class A; Carolina League) on the baseball side and the new Meadowlands Stadium for the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants, which opens this week.

The deal with the A’s also include the design of a new stadium for the MLS San Jose Earthquakes.

“During the past few years, 360 Architecture has worked closely with us as we have studied design alternatives and analyzed the feasibility of a new ballpark for the A’s and a new stadium for the Earthquakes, on a variety of sites,” Wolff said. “Under the leadership of Brad Schrock, the firm has demonstrated the ability to be an excellent steward for the two projects as they continue to move forward.”

Of course, like the Fremont ballpark, nothing is assured: MLB still needs to sign off on any plan to move the A’s to San Jose.

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