SBD/Issue 98/Facilities & Venues

A's To Alter Proposed Ballpark Location Despite Resident Protests

700+ People Protest Site Change For
A's Proposed Ballpark In Fremont
A's officials said the team plans to "submit paperwork within the next two weeks changing the preferred location of their proposed stadium to an area adjacent to the future Warm Springs BART station," according to Matthew Artz of the Fremont ARGUS. The "prospect of a ballpark in Fremont's Warm Springs district has met fierce opposition from residents who came out en masse Thursday night to protest the plan." Police estimated that "more than 700 protesters ... lined the street" outside a local elementary school, "holding up anti-A's signs and chanting, 'No stadium.'" A's officials "agreed to allow 500 protestors to enter the school's multipurpose room to ask questions about [the] proposal." A's co-Owner Keith Wolff said that the team "would reduce the number of weekday afternoon games to prevent traffic jams when parents are picking up their children from the local elementary school." Wolff added that the A's "will continue to seek a deal at Pacific Commons," the original planned site for the ballpark. But ProLogis, the real estate trust that owns the ballpark site near Pacific Commons and has veto power over the A's project, has come out "against the [Pacific Commons] project, citing traffic and parking concerns from three major retailers” (Fremont ARGUS, 2/7).

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