From the Oakland A’s President, Dave Kaval:
“Back in November, we were thrilled and humbled by the initial positive response to our preliminary concepts for the ballpark design. 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.
One key update to our design: a more circular shape.”
According to Kaval, the refined geometry, as newly rendered above, offers “four key benefits” over BIG’s initial design:
- A better ability to capture fan energy inside the ballpark for a more exciting and intimate experience
- A continuous rooftop park for use by fans and the community
- Better views of the water and Oakland from inside the ballpark
- A more seamless, efficient, and fluid access to the ballpark from the surrounding neighborhood”
The design for the surrounding office and residential development has changed as well, from futuristic to contemporary.
And once again, in an attempt to mitigate some of the aforementioned access/transportation issues surrounding the proposed development on the city’s 55-acre Howard Terminal site, the A’s continue to champion the development of a proposed gondola from Washington and 10th Streets, near Oakland’s 12th Street BART Station, to Water and Washington Street, in Jack London Square, adjacent to the ballpark site. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.