Though Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff has long wanted to move his team to San Jose, he has reached a tentative lease agreement to stay put for another decade.
The deal would keep the A’s in the Oakland Coliseum through 2025 and comes to a vote July 1 by the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority. But a vote scheduled to occur Friday was delayed after four of eight coliseum authority board members did not show.
It will also need final approval from the city of Oakland and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
Wolff and puttering MLB Commissioner Bud Selig continue to say the team needs a new venue. Selig still hasn’t ruled whether the A’s can move into Silicon Valley—territory that the San Francisco Giants have claimed. The beleaguered Coliseum, home to the A’s since 1968, is the only facility in the nation that doubles as home to an MLB and NFL team.
As the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Lauren Hepler notes, the tentative lease deal leaves San Jose in the lurch. The city, which sued MLB for delaying the move, has already penciled in the A’s move into major downtown development plans. On June 17, the City Council unanimously OK’d the long-term blueprint for the 250-acre Diridon Station zone.
The plan envisions turning the transit hub into a bustling mixed-use destination for high-speed rail and BART with nearly 5 million square feet of office and industrial space, 900 hotel rooms, 2,600 residential units and 424,000 square feet of retail.
“The question San Jose will have to mull over as it hones an implementation strategy for the Diridon area is whether a development project potentially without baseball will be enough to fill those new buildings,” Hepler writes.
Oakland wants to keep the team as long as possible, but MLB rejected a site at the Howard Terminal near Jack London Square, according to the Associated Press.
“I continue to believe that the Athletics need a new facility and am fully supportive of the club’s view that the best site in Oakland is the Coliseum site,” Selig said in a statement released Tuesday by the MLB.
A previous version of this story has been updated.—Editor