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For years, the A's have been trying to build a new ballpark. They almost moved to Fremont in the mid-2000s, San Jose after that, and, at one point in the late 1970s, New Orleans.

But over the past couple of years, team president Dave Kaval has vowed to keep his team #RootedInOakland and construct a new space and vision right in the city. The storied history and fervent fanbase were far too important. And on Wednesday, those new ballpark plans finally came to fruition:

The complex would be located at Howard Terminal in Oakland Inner Harbor (10 minutes from the Coliseum) and hold 34,000 people. About 6,000 at a time could be transported to their seats on potential gondola (!!) As the press release Reads, seating will be "arranged in the closest configuration possible to the home plate, along with an elevated park that wraps and frames the bowl, coming down to meet the waterfront."

Just look at that view:

There are also preliminary plans to include green space outside the actual field – putting the "park back in the ballpark." This area would be open year round and include new housing, affordable housing, restaurants, and more. Kavlov hopes this type of setup will blur the boundaries between the stadium and the land-just-outside-the-stadium-allowing the new bars and establishments to theoretically serve as concourse.

The site of the old Coliseum – home to four of the franchise's nine World Series titles and the last remaining baseball / football mixed-use stadium – will be redeveloped into public park space. It will also include retail, housing and a re-design of the original Coliseum diamond. For baseball and I guess maybe, hopefully, gladiator fights.

Opening Day is set for 2023 (pending a Howard Terminal Environmental Review and Lease Agreement with the Port of Oakland). By then, Kyler Bo Jackson Murray will be slinging fastballs and 35-year-old Khris Davis will be cranking dingers deep into the water beyond the left-field wall:

Keep up to date with info and renderings of the new ballpark here.

Matt Monagan writes at night for Cut4. In his spare time, he travels and searches Twitter for Wily Mo Pena news.

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