Oakland A’s new ballpark plan comes with a special type of funding. It didn’t work in other cities
Renderings of the proposed Oakland A baseball stadium at the Howard Terminal show towers and mid-rise buildings pushing out from behind home plate and dipping in a semicircle from home plate to the left field bleachers.
For city planners, the collection of glass buildings depicted in these proposals is more than just an effort to create a vibrant new waterfront neighborhood that has appeal beyond the team’s 81 home games. The buildings — 1.5 million square feet of office space, 3,000 housing units, a 3,500-seat concert hall, 200,000 square feet of retail, a 400-room hotel — are an economic engine that will pay hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements.