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The Athletics Won’t Be Moving Until 2012

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Apr 17th 2008 4:35PM by Tom Fornelli
The Oakland Athletics proposal to build a new ballpark in nearby Fremont was originally conceived with the intent on having the team move in for the 2011 season. The proposal has drawn the protests of some members of the Athletics fan base, and inspired one of my favorite YouTube videos of all time, but really, it’s probably the best thing for the Athletics to do for themselves in the long run.

Unfortunately for the Athletics, that long run just got a little longer as it’s becoming more apparent that the move probably can’t be completed before 2012.Speaking at a community meeting this week, A’s co-owner Keith Wolff said the team could only make the move by 2011 if the city approves the environmental impact report by the end of this year.

But Wolff and city officials say that’s highly unlikely given the size and complexity of the proposed project.The proposed 32,000-seat stadium is only part of the Athletics’ plan, as it also includes plans for over 3,000 homes, an elementary school, a shopping mall, and an area of crumbling, graffiti covered walls so Oaklanders (Oaklandites? Oaklandians? What do people from Oakland call themselves?) can feel at home*.

The A’s need to respond to inquiries and environmental concerns from public agencies and citizens in the area before they’ll ever be allowed to undertake such an endeavor, and that’s liable to take anywhere from a year to a year and a half to complete. Hooray, bureaucracy!

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