Oakland A's plan to build new ballpark comes to a halt

The Oakland Athletics had big plans for a new ballpark, but it appears those plans have hit a roadblock.

The A’s were in conversations around building a stadium on a 13-acre property owned by the Peralta Community College District, but apparently the negotiations broke down rather abruptly. 

“We are shocked by Peralta’s decision to not move forward,” the A’s said in a statement Wednesday. “All we wanted to do was enter into a conversation about how to make this work for all of Oakland, Laney, & the Peralta Community College District. We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity.”

This location was considered a top spot for the A’s as they planned to privately finance the ballpark with hopes of opening in 2023. 

A’s ownership will now be forced to continue their search to build a new stadium elsewhere and may have to fall back on two other locations that club president Dave Kaval previously finalized.

Kaval’s group was interested in a location near Jack London Square in downtown Oakland, and the current site of the Oakland Coliseum, according to ESPN.com.

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