As the Oakland A’s continue with the process of seeking a new ballpark, the team is soliciting fan feedback through a survey and website.
On Thursday, the club announced the launch of a new website–oaklandballpark.com. The website will be used in part to gather community feedback, and features a fan survey.
“The community’s feedback is critical to our ballpark’s success. We need to understand what our fans, and this community, want from ballpark design, seating or pricing,” A’s president Dave Kaval said in a statement. “Our new ballpark will be privately financed and we need to ensure that we create an environment that suits our fans and community, while also allowing us to drive franchise growth and bring more championships to Oakland.”
The survey contains questions on numerous aspects of the potential new A’s ballpark, addressing several areas as the A’s continue to sort through their options for a ballpark location in Oakland. The team has been reported to be considering three sites for the facility, including the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Howard Terminal, and a location near Laney College. In fact, the site options are one of the focal points of the survey, and A’s chief operating officer Chris Giles has explained the role the survey could play in the site selection process. More from CSN Bay Area:
One question in the survey point-blank asks fans to rank their preference of the three final locations, one through three, and why they liked a specific location best. Given that it’s already August, can the A’s actually take in all of this information, evaluate it and include it in their decision to make a ballpark announcement by the end of 2017?
Giles says yes.
“The nice thing is we have three great site, all of which are viable, all of which have their different kinds of pros and cons,” he said. “If you think about it, what we’re trying to do is build a ballpark for our fans. And so to the extent that it comes down to this one looking close and this one looking close, what the fans say is gonna be important.”
The A’s have indicated that they want to announce their preferred site by the end of the year.
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