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Selig Calls O.co Coliseum A "Pit," Wishes Venue Was Not Hosting Playoff Games
Published September 26, 2013
A'S WANT UPGRADES TO STAY? A's Owner Lew Wolff said the team is "willing to sign a five-year lease with three one-year (club) options at a much higher rate than we're paying now" to stay at O.co Coliseum, but the rent increases should be used to "buy a new scoreboard and fix up the facility." Wolff: "We're willing to offer that money up front. It's a negotiation that's hopefully coming to a close soon. The delay on a decision about moving has even limited those options." He added, "I don't get quoted fairly all the time. The sewage thing has been made much bigger than it really is. And when there is a problem, the Coliseum people and our people get together and work it out. We're not the angry tenant." The city of San Jose has sued MLB regarding an A's relocation, but Wolff said, "Right now, my focus is on having a totally successful season. Although if it ended today, I'd consider it to be very successful. I think things are coalescing along well, but I'm really not going to think about that issue until after the season" (MLB.com, 9/25). He added, "My feeling is the Coliseum is in shape to welcome us for the playoffs, and I’m excited that it is. My focus is on the playoffs and not the Coliseum. The more (playoff) games we can play there, the happier I’ll be" (CSNBAYAREA.com, 9/25).