A’s choose site near Oak­land’s Lake Mer­ritt for new ball­park

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OAK­LAND (AP) — The Ath­let­ics have picked land near Oak­land’s Lake Mer­ritt as the site for a new, pri­vately fi­nanced ball­park.

Team President Dave Kaval said in a let­ter sent Tues­day evening to the Per­alta Com­mu­nity Col­lege Dis­trict that he be­lieves the lo­ca­tion presents an op­por­tu­nity to keep the city’s “last pro­fes­sional sports team in Oak­land for the long term.”

“The A’s need a mod­ern venue so that we can put the most com­pet­i­tive prod­uct on the field and pro­vide the best ex­pe­ri­ence for our fans,” Kaval wrote. The team has been play­ing at the Coli­seum since 1968.

The land sits be­tween Lake Mer­ritt and In­ter­state 880 and in­cludes com­mer­cial ware­houses, park­ing lots, and ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices for the dis­trict. It is also eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by sev­eral free­ways and close to down­town Oak­land.

The team and the col­lege dis­trict, which owns the 13-acre site, will now be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions.

But the pro­posal is al­ready fac­ing op­po­si­tion.

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