Telegraph Avenue focus of search for new A’s stadium

The Associated Press
Thursday March 14, 2002

OAKLAND — Officials are eyeing a 13-acre parcel near the city’s downtown as a possible site of the new ballpark for the Oakland A’s. 

Representatives from the design firm leading the search were in Oakland to update public officials about four potential sites — three in Oakland, including the Telegraph Avenue site, and one in Fremont. 

Craig Meyer, principal architect for HOK Sport of Kansas City, said the Telegraph Avenue parcel near the Greyhound bus station “is clearly the most interesting to us.” 

“It is the site that says the most about Oakland, and to us that’s what the project is all about,” Meyer said Tuesday. 

HOK representatives also discussed problems associated with the other sites. Earl Santee of HOK told the Alameda County Board of Supervisors that two waterfront sites near downtown are trailing because they aren’t close to Bay Area Rapid Transit stations and have limited parking possibilities. 

Oakland officials expect to narrow down the search to one or two finalists within the next month and to unveil a financing plan within 90 days. The ballpark is scheduled to be open in 2006.