With the Golden State Warriors set to move to San Francisco next season and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders relocating to Las Vegas in 2020, the MLB’s Oakland Athletics are that city’s final hope of keeping a professional sports team.
There is, however, darn good news on this front. The A’s have unveiled a plan to build a state-of-the-art venue at the famed Howard Terminal location. Said plan has gained a ton of local traction.
Now, according to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, there’s growing optimism that said plan will come to fruition.
These issues just came to the forefront recently and could delay any groundbreaking.
“But underneath the asphalt of Howard Terminal, on the Oakland Inner Harbor, lies a buried legacy of industrial use going back a century,” a previous report from Kimberly Veklerov of the Chronicle noted. “A Chronicle review of regulatory documents found that soil and groundwater on the site contain hazardous and cancer-causing chemicals that would need to be remedied before a ballpark could be built there.”
The A’s have now been attempting to get a new venue built in Northern California for the past two decades. Their current stadium remains the most rundown in the entire sports world.