In September, the Oakland Athletics unveiled plans for a new downtown ballpark. They proposed to pay for the ballpark themselves, and they pledged to work with the community for a year to develop a project that would enhance the neighborhood, rather than force a stadium within it.
That plan has been nixed, at least for now.
The community college district that owns the land on which the A’s wanted to build halted negotiations with the team on Wednesday, with its board of trustees ordering its chancellor to “discontinue planning for a community engagement process on a possible baseball stadium.”
The A’s said in a statement that they were “shocked” by the decision because they had hoped to discuss how to make the project work for the city of Oakland, and for the community college that would have been adjacent to the new ballpark.
“We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity,” the A’s said.