A deal has finally been made! The Oakland A’s have agreed to a 10-year lease deal at the O.co Coliseum. Even though this deal still needs to be approved by the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority, this is the first time that the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority and the Athletics have agreed on a lease terms.
Even though many different building sites were proposed for a new baseball stadium, it was determined that the Coliseum was the best choice for the Athletics. It is where their fan base is located, it is easily accessible via public transportation, and the Oakland A’s not allowed to move to San Jose. Even though Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has blessed the deal, he still believes that the Oakland A’s need a new stadium. So, there is still hope for the future that a new baseball stadium will be built for the Athletics.
This lease deal does raise some question as to whether or not improvements will be made to the O.co Coliseum during this upcoming offseason. The stadium has dealt with numerous sewage incidents and most recently a power outage that effected the outfield flood lights during a game. In order to even have a playable baseball stadium, some upgrades are going to have to be made.
Additionally, the Oakland Raiders, who share the O.co Coliseum with the Oakland A’s, are in the last year of the contract with the stadium. It has been made known that they would like the build a new football-only stadium that they can call home. However, with the Athletics sticking around for another 10 years, that could be difficult. A location move could be in the Raiders future if they are truly set on building a new arena.
Perhaps when the O.co neighbors – the Golden State Warriors who play at Oracle Arena which is literally a stones throw from the Coliseum – move out of Oakland in 2018 or 2019, the Oakland A’s and Raiders can take over the whole lot and each build their own new facility. The O.co Coliseum is the last stadium in US to still be shared by both an MLB team and an NFL team, and both teams are looking for that to change. However, it may be awhile until that change occurs.