Posted November 04, 2013

A’s owner: Team staying in Oakland

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The Raiders-Chargers football game will have to be moved on Sunday to accomodate the A's playoff game the night before. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Oakland’s O.co Coliseum seats 35,000 for baseball and 53,000 for football.  (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics will stay put at the O.co Coliseum for the foreseeable future, the team’s owner said in response to multiple newspaper reports that the A’s could end up sharing AT&T Park with the San Francisco Giants.

Athletics owner Lew Wolff said the team will extend its lease at the Coliseum and “look(s) forward to another great season,” according to a report by the Associated Press.

“We are working on a deal that we believe will be beneficial for both our tenant and the people of this community,” the statement released by the team said. “We are confident that everyone involved sees the value in continuing for as long as possible the 45-year relationship between the A’s and the City of Oakland. While we cannot comment on the specific issues now under discussion or on whether there is any basis to recent rumors that Major League Baseball has played a role in the discussions, we are optimistic that a final deal is close at hand.”

Major League Baseball had discussed the two teams sharing the stadium because lease negotiations, which have reportedly gone on more than six months between the A’s and the city of Oakland, have gone nowhere.

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The lease on O.com Coliseum had expired at the end of the 2013 season. Oakland has played in O.co Coliseum since 1968, and the stadium was plagued this past season with sewage problems.


3 comments
John NoLastName
John NoLastName

This whole situation is a real shame. But I can't see A's fans making the trek across the Bay, even if the business about "sharing" AT&T were true, which apparently it's not.

naz51j
naz51j

wolff either wants to move to san jose or nowhere, apparently.  he's not trying to push selig's "committee" to a final decision, or make any waves in that direction.  the poor disrespected players on my favorite/home team, they'll never get out of that dilapidated park as long as they play for the A's under wolffe's ownership group.  i'm not convinced that he deserves the great group of coaches and players that billy beane assembles every year.