A's Seek Fan Opinion On New Ballpark Location, Amenities In Online Survey
The A’s on Thursday released an online survey asking fans “not only to rank the three sites under consideration” for a new ballpark, but “help decide how it should ‘feel,’” according to David DeBolt of the EAST BAY TIMES. The questionnaire “hints that the team’s new home could have a children’s play area, an Oakland sports museum or ritzy club seating.” The request for fan feedback comes as the A’s at some point this year are expected to "announce whether the team stays at the Coliseum site or moves toward downtown" to one of two sites. A's President Dave Kaval has "insisted all three options remain on the table." The team also “wants to know how fans feel about in-seat concessions delivery service, a brewery inside the park, social gathering spaces and smart phone technology so patrons can look up statistics, watch replays and order food.” The survey "sought preferences of fans who can pony up for luxury, a la suites designed similar to movie theater box seating that could run between $70,000 to $90,000 for a four-seat season ticket package." The team is also “toying with the idea of mimicking the rooftop seats located outside Wrigley Field." Under this possible option, fans would "pay a monthly membership fee for a seat to every home game" (EASTBAYTIMES.com, 8/10). NBCSPORTSBAYAREA.com's Joe Stiglich wrote the survey is "wide-ranging and takes more than a half-hour to complete, but the A's set it up that way with a purpose in mind -- to glean as much information as they could, in one single shot, about the spending habits and preferences of potential ticket-buyers" (NBCSPORTSBAYAREA.com, 8/10).