Peralta board orders chancellor to halt Oakland A's stadium planning

Oakland A's new stadium up in the air after community pushback. The current Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, edited by AN

Oakland A's new stadium up in the air after community pushback. The current Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, edited by AN

The Oakland Athletics' latest bid for a new stadium has apparently struck out - without even getting to the plate.

The Peralta Community College District board of trustees decided in a closed session meeting Tuesday to direct its chancellor to halt a community engagement process with the Oakland A's on a proposed new baseball stadium near the district's offices and Laney College.

Despite growing opposition from Laney students and activists in recent months, the A's had hoped to appeal to them through a robust community engagement process, with plans that would include affordable housing and workforce training, among other ideas to generate revenue supporting the college. Though no renderings had been released, construction was expected to have finished by 2023.

The Peralta site where the new A’s stadium would have been located
The Peralta site where the new A’s stadium would have been located

"We are shocked by Peralta's decision to not move forward", the A's said in a statement Wednesday. And while there's support in the general Oakland community for a Laney College location, administrators and students overwhelmingly voted against it.

The team did not say whether it would consider the two sites previously rejected - a waterfront ballpark, favored by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, or a new stadium adjacent to the A's current home at the Oakland Coliseum. "Today's news comes as a surprise and we urge Oakland leaders to rejoin the conversation".

"We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity", the A's said. As A's President Dave Kaval recently told the San Francisco Chronicle, there was no "plan B" if Peralta didn't work out. As the only remaining professional sports team in Oakland, the pressure was on for the A's to choose a site in the city, but with their top pick off the table, the Athletics could be enticed to leave.

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