Oakland A’s Handsome Waterfront Stadium Reveal

Last year in November, Danish firm, Bjarke Ingels Group, released design plans for Oakland A’s massive stadium below, which met strong opinions on both sides.

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Photo: November 2018 Illustration of Oakland A’s courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

“We are excited to build a bold, iconic ballpark at Howard Terminal. This design will allow us to blur the boundaries of a traditional ballpark and integrate into the surrounding neighborhood. However, this undertaking is bigger than baseball. In addition to developing at Howard Terminal, we plan to redevelop the Coliseum to help that site realize its full potential for the residents of Oakland for the long-term. We look forward to continuing our work with the community to develop both projects,” said Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval to KRON 4 News back in November 2019

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Oakland A’s reported that the stadium design would hold around 34,000 people, which would include “fixed seats and general admission experience area.” The design would also get fans as close as possible to home plate in order to make the most intimate experience.

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Photo: November 2018 Illustration of Oakland A’s courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Much has happened since. After gathering feedback from the community; completing an environmental review at Howard Terminal; negotiations with the Port of Oakland; and having developed a framework with public officials for the Coliseum redevelopment, and a framework for economic and community benefits agreement – Bjarke Ingels Group also went back to the drawing board and re-conceived a new design for Oakland A’s baseball stadium.

 

Architecture and Design digital magazine, DesignBoom, reports,

“Bjarke Ingels Group continues to gather input from public officials, fans, and community members, the proposed design of Oakland A’s new ballpark continues to evolve. the plans first presented in November 2018 have now been updated to feature a more circular park, where the new geometry ensures a more intimate experience during games, better views from inside the ballpark, and a more seamless and efficient way of navigating the 34,000-seat stadium as well as the surrounding neighborhood.”

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New Oakland A’s stadium design render courtesy of DesignBoom

 

“The design retains its continuous rooftop park, which can be used by both fans and the wider community. the Oakland A’s new arena, located on the Howard terminal waterfront, would form part of a new development that also includes high-rise towers, offices, and retail space. the project also involves the transformation of the team’s current stadium — located nearly six miles southeast of the new site — into a tech and housing hub.” ~ DesignBoom

 

The biggest change to the 34,000-seat stadium is a more circular park.

Oakland A’s President, Dave Kaval, said this in a statement:

“Back in November, we were thrilled and humbled by the initial positive response to our preliminary concepts for the ballpark design. Fans and community members alike expressed excitement about the design. Since then, we’ve continued to meet with public officials, fans, and community members to gather more input and refine our designs.”

 

He said that the circular shape offers four key benefits over the initial concepts –

  1. Better ability to capture fan energy inside the ballpark for a more exciting and intimate experience
  2. A continuous rooftop park for use by fans and the community
  3. Better views of the water and Oakland from inside the ballpark
  4. A more seamless, efficient, and fluid access to the ballpark from the surrounding neighborhood

 

“We’ll expect more refinements and improvements as we move through the design process, and your continued feedback will be essential. Please feel free to email me at president.athletics.com.

 

Here is the latest circular-shaped design:

Compared to last year’s design:

Curbed SF reports,

“The East Bay baseball franchise’s ambitious plan would dismantle the current A’s home, a Brutalist behemoth aesthetically annihilated by the ravages of time and the 1995 addition of Mount Davis. The A’s plan to relocate to the waterfront would also transform its current home into a tech and housing hub, keeping the Oracle Arena as is, while turning the Oakland Coliseum into a low-rise sports park and amphitheater.”

 

According to CBS News,

“While the developers hope to start the project by 2021, the Oakland A’s have yet to acquire Howard Terminal or the Oakland Coliseum sites, which are operated by Alameda County and the City of Oakland.”

 

Sources: KRON 4, Curbed SF, DesignBoom.com

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