Oakland A's given stunning $500m stadium proposal

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A proposal has been launched for a new stadium for the Oakland A's that could see them remain in the city, reports

The need for a new stadium in Oakland grew ever more urgent after a significant sewage leak occurred during a game against the Los Angeles Angels at their current ball park.

The A's won 2-1 but the incident still managed to kick up a stink with the owners, who are keen to move parks as soon as possible.

Original plans had proposed that the A's move to San Jose where the city are keen to host a Major League Baseball team and can provide a new, world-class home.

But having been in Oakland since 1968, the city is understandably keen to keep hold of the franchise.

Now a new proposal - a stunning $500m port-side project - has arisen that could see the A's stay in Oakland, moving to the waterfront in Port of Oakland's Howard Terminal.

The project already has the blessing of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, who told SFGate: "It's one of the two sites we promised Major League Baseball we would offer, and it will be available early next year.

"Trust me, Oakland is hot now and a lot of developers would love that (waterfront) site if it doesn't become a baseball stadium."

But despite bypassing the difficult stage of getting approval of the MLB to move cities, A's owner Lew Wolff believes the project is as farfetched as it can get.

"It would be easier to build on Treasure Island," he said.

"All I care about is getting a new home for the A's in the best possible circumstances - and under any circumstances, Howard Terminal would be as close to impossible as anything."

However, the group who have masterminded the bid have dismissed Wolff's doubts as outdated and see the ball park proposal as an attractive proposition to regenerate the surrounding area.

Jack London Square has suffered from degeneration for a while and the site is no longer believed to be viable to maritime purposes. The 2million fans that the 38,000-seater stadium would attract a season is the perfect addition to the area, the group claim.

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