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The Oakland A’s released newly revised renderings of the proposed 34,000 seat Howard Terminal stadium that drops its diamond “jewel box” structure for a circular design.
Even with the changes, many of the stadium’s features, including its rooftop park that will be open to the public, are still part of the proposal. The rendering also removed the triangular-shaped buildings that would have overlooked the structure among a grouping of rectangular buildings.
The original “jewel box” design was supposed to be a nod to Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, where the A’s once played.
“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,” said A’s president Dave Kaval in an email to fans.
Officials say the changes are intended to create a more intimate experience inside the ballpark, allowing better views of Oakland from inside the park, and the rooftop park will now be continuous around the structure.
If built, the Howard Terminal stadium would allow the A’s to move out of the over 50-year-old Oakland Coliseum.
There are challenges the team needs to overcome, including dealing with possibly toxic materials at the 55-acre industrial site, a protest from bar pilots association that the stadium’s lights might blind them, and figuring out how to get fans to the stadium from public transit.
To address the accessibility issue, the A’s unveiled plans for a gondola linking the 12th Street BART to the stadium. It would carry 6,000 people per hour.
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