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It’s not every day you come across an elephant in front of the California State Capitol Building, but Sacramento locals got a unique eyeful Monday when one appeared in a crowd of green ball caps and T-shirts.
Okay, so it might not have been a real elephant — it was the Oakland A’s mascot Stomper — but he had nevertheless stamped up to Sacramento to make a point: The East Bay MLB team really wants a new stadium.
As KRON reported, the Oakland A’s traveled north Monday to meet with Governor Gavin Newsom about building a brand new ballpark at Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland. The team is hoping to solidify plans for its new park, a privately-financed half-billion dollar stadium to be built by 2023.
As team president Dave Kaval told CBS News over the weekend, “[The A’s] need a new home, one that can generate the type of revenue so we can invest in our players, win more World Championships and have more success on and off the field.”
Part of the plan to sweeten the deal: the promise of 6,000 new housing units nearby, many of which would be earmarked as affordable.
There is progress thus far. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is reportedly interested in the A’s effort, and the team has come to a tentative agreement with Alameda County to buy its half of 155 acres of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum site for $85 million.
But there’s more to be done — the A’s are pitching a plan to the governor Monday ahead of the beginning of negotiations around the Coliseum site sale on Tuesday.
It’s going to be a busy week for Stomper.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/athletics/article/as-athletics-new-stadium-howard-terminal-newsom-13786575.php.