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Oakland To Start Negotiations With Local Group Over Potential A's Waterfront Ballpark
Published March 19, 2014
KEEP WAITING: In San Jose, Mark Purdy writes, "Whatever happens, the A's are not going to get a new ballpark, anywhere, for years and years. So everybody should concentrate on something more immediate and practical. For example, will Oakland please allow the A's to build a new scoreboard at the Coliseum?" Right now, that is "what the A's want." But Oakland right now "is not eager to make it happen." That is why Wolff a few weeks ago "made public his seemingly fanciful notion of building a 'temporary stadium' for the team somewhere in Northern California after its Coliseum lease expires" following the '15 season. Wolff and the A's "recognize that the Coliseum scoreboard stinks." They want to "spend millions on a new scoreboard system, which involves the hardware and electronics to run it," but they "don't want to spend that money unless the cost can be amortized over the next five to 10 seasons" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/19).