The Oakland A’s announced on Wednesday that they will “explore other markets” as the franchise continues to pursue a new waterfront ballpark project. The Oakland Coliseum has served as the home of the A’s since 1968. A new waterfront stadium in downtown Oakland has been under consideration in recent years but has faced challenges, which led MLB to recommend a potential relocation of the franchise.
A’s president Dave Kaval said the Coliseum is “not a viable option for the future of the franchise.” Kaval said in a statement: “Today, Major League Baseball instructed the A’s to begin exploring other markets while we continue to pursue the Oakland waterfront ballpark project. This is not an easy directive for our fans to hear. …The time is here for a decision on our future, and it is unclear to us and MLB whether there is a path to success for the A’s in Oakland.”.
The A’s are the only major professional sports team left in Oakland. The likeliest home for the A’s would be Las Vegas, with Portland, Vancouver, Nashville, Charlotte and Montreal also under consideration.
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