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A new ballpark photos |

For years, the A's have been trying to build a new ballpark. They almost moved to Fremont in the mid-2000s, after that San Jose, and at one point in the late 1970s, New Orleans.

But over the last couple of years, team president Dave Kaval has vowed to keep his team #RootedInOakland and build a new space and vision right in the city. The storied history and fervent fanbase they were too important. And on Wednesday, those new ballpark plans finally came to fruition:

The complex would be located at Howard Terminal on Oakland Inner Harbor (10 minutes from the Coliseum) and hold 34,000 people. About 6,000 at a time could be transported to their seats on potential gondolas (!!). As the press release reads, seating will be "arranged in the closest possible configuration to a home plate, along with an elevated park that wraps and frames the bowl, coming down to meet the waterfront."

Just look at that view:

There are also preliminary plans to include green space outside the current field – putting the "park back in ballpark." This area would be open year-round and include new housing, affordable housing, restaurants, and more. Kaval expects this type of setup to blur the boundaries between stadium and land-just-outside-the-stadium – allowing new bars and establishments to theoretically serve as the concourse.

The site of the old Coliseum – home to four of the franchise's nine World Series titles and the last remaining baseball / football mixed-use stadium – will be redeveloped into a public park space. It will also include retail, housing and a reconstruction of the original Coliseum diamond. For baseball and I guess maybe, hopefully, gladiator fights.

Opening Day is set for 2023 (pending a Howard Terminal environmental review and lease agreement with the Port of Oakland). By then, Kyler "Bo Jackson" Murray will be slinging fastballs and 35-year-old Khris Davis will be cranking drafts deep into the water beyond the left-field wall:

Keep up to date with info and renderings of the new ballpark here.

Matt Monagan writes at night for Cut4. In his spare time, he travels and searches Twitter for Wily Mo Pena news.

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