A new Oakland Athletics waterfront ballpark would generate $7.3 billion in economic benefits over 10 years for Oakland and Alameda County and create more than 6,100 permanent jobs, according to an analysis by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.
“The Oakland A’s plan represents a transformational investment for the city,” said Jeff Bellisario, Director of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, via press release. “The economic benefits of a project this size will ripple throughout the Oakland community for many years.”
The analysis, which you can read here, tallies the economic and jobs benefits from the ballpark and proposed development that would surround the stadium, including 3.3 million square feet of housing, 1.5 million square feet of commercial and office space, a hotel, a performance center and a variety of retail, cultural and civic uses. The $7.3 billion in economic benefits translates to $902 million a year. The ballpark alone would generate $3 billion of the overall economic benefits, largely from increased spending.
In addition to the ongoing benefits from a new waterfront ballpark and development, there would be considerable one-time jobs and economic impacts from construction that were not included in the analysis.
The analysis also does not include the economic and jobs benefits from a proposed gondola system to connect the ballpark with downtown Oakland. A separate Economic Institute analysis found that a gondola would generate $685 million in economic benefits and serve more than 1 million riders per year at full capacity.
A new Howard Terminal ballpark could open as early as 2023. In addition, the A’s are proposing to redevelop the Oakland Coliseum site, with the project including an amphitheater to replace the Coliseum and other new construction taking place in the existing parking lots. The A’s and architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group recently released new renderings for the plans at both sites, with one depicting the Howard Terminal ballpark shown at the top of this page.
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