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Oakland Athletics get to first base in stadium quest

May 14, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have gotten to first base in their quest for a new stadium.

The city’s port commission on Monday took a first step in providing land at Howard Terminal, where the A’s hope to build a 35,000-seat stadium as part of a housing and retail development. Commissioners tentatively agreed to give the team four years to complete an environmental impact report for the 50-acre site.

The current Oakland Coliseum is more than 50 years old.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf supported the commission’s decision.

The A’s still have a long way to go before they can get their stadium, including negotiating a lease or sale of the land and receiving City Council and state approval.

Opponents say the development would add traffic and disrupt port operations.

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