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HONEYMOON IN VEGAS: A'S TO HIT STRIP BEFORE HEADING HOME?
Published March 19, 1996
The American League supports the decision of the A's not to play their opening games at the Oakland Coliseum. The league reports "alternative arrangements" will be determined as early as possible (AL). Las Vegas remains the likely choice, according to Bay Area reports today. The $100M stadium renovation -- as part of the Raiders' return to Oakland -- included assurances the A's season would not be interrupted. But team and league officials who toured the site "deemed the Coliseum not sufficiently complete," according to A's GM Sandy Alderson. The decision "shocked" city, county and stadium officials, "all of whom have a significant financial stake in assuring that the deal runs smoothly" (Fimrite & Ketterman, S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/19). Coliseum construction manager Don Webb said the project remains on schedule and that the A's have known it would be a "work in progress" throughout the summer. Coliseum CEO Bob Quintella: "It is misleading to suggest now that the decision to go elsewhere was based on the renovation being incomplete, unacceptable or unsafe." A's Exec VP Ed Alvarez: "We expected them to be ahead of schedule from where they are now." A key complaint was 1,000 fewer parking spaces (Robert Salladay, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 3/19). BATTLE OF THE BAY: Columnist Glenn Dickey explains the simple reason why the A's won't use the Giants' 3Com Park for their early games: "Because the top people in the two organizations hate each other" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/19).