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A’s Adjust Howard Terminal Ballpark Design

New Howard Terminal rendering (1)

The Oakland A’s have adjusted the renderings for a proposed Howard Terminal ballpark, unveiling a revised concept that favors a more circular design. 

The Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal is being pursued by the A’s as the site for a new ballpark, which could open as early as 2023 and replace the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as the team’s home. Initial renderings for the proposed waterfront facility and surrounding mixed-use development were unveiled in late November, but the A’s are tweaking those designs as part of their ongoing planning process. Ultimately the new renderings preserve some key amenities from the earlier concept, but incorporate a more circular look and feel into the ballpark’s design.

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A continuous rooftop park is still included in the planning for the ballpark, along with surrounding development. Changes in the design come after feedback from fans, officials, and community members, according to the A’s, who released the new renderings on Monday. Through a series of tweets, the club explained that the circular design will allow the ballpark to have better views of the waterfront and surrounding parts of Oakland. The A’s also feel that the modified design will make for easier access.

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The A’s still have plenty of work to do to make the proposed Howard Terminal ballpark a reality, including an environmental review of the site–which has an extensive history of heavy industrial uses in its past. In addition, the club will have to work to address some concerns that have surfaced about the proposed ballpark, including how it could affect traffic and existing industrial issues in the area.

New Howard Terminal rendering (2)

As part of the overall proposal, the A’s would privately finance the new Howard Terminal ballpark while carrying out an extensive redevelopment of the Oakland Coliseum property. The Coliseum itself would be converted into a small sports park/amphitheater, with surrounding land redeveloped to include housing, a tech hub, a youth sports complex, retail, and light manufacturing. In addition, the A’s propose leaving the adjacent Oracle Arena–which is hosting its last season for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors as they prepare for this fall’s debut of San Francisco’s Chase Center–open for concerts, sporting events, and other gatherings.

Renderings courtesy Oakland A’s.

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