Saturday, August 27, 2016

That's Mr. Terminal to You

A poorly kept secret, the Oakland A's ownership toured Howard Terminal on Thursday.

The 50 acre site southwest of downtown has been considered before as a future home for the franchise and reportedly Mayor Libby Schaarf is the principal advocate now. The A's are unlikely to commit to any site for a new stadium until the Oakland Raiders decide what their long-term plans are.

Like AT&T Park across San Francisco Bay, the waterfront makes for a dramatic setting. However, the site does not appear large enough for all the parking needed and a garage closer to downtown—which could be accessible from Interstates 880 and 980 and stimulate infill development—would be separated from the stadium by an at-grade, three track, rail freight line. The West Oakland BART station, the closest on the regional rail system, is a mile away.

There are probably design solutions to all of these shortcomings but each adds to the cost and the A's would rather play in a new ballpark at the Oakland Coliseum complex. Whatever might be said, Howard Terminal looks very cool from the air. (Both images courtesy of Google Map.)

In fact, if the form of this blog had evolved differently, I might have just posted the air photo.

None of which affects our plans. Melvin visited Coliseum in 2013 and the A's have wanted to play anywhere else for a decade. We will almost certainly see the team in that relic from 1966, now the last multi-sport facility in major league baseball.

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