Oakland Athletics President Dave Kaval says a site near Lake Merritt for the team’s new ballpark is “uniquely Oakland” and “the location that fits the bill” in terms of access to transportation, good weather and an exciting urban setting.

The A’s announced in January they would build a new stadium in Oakland, and Kaval and his staff have been researching sites and gathering community and fan input since then. Now the team has designated its preferred site — on land owned by the Peralta Community College District. The other two locations under consideration were Howard Terminal on the waterfront near the Port of Oakland, and the area of the current Coliseum in East Oakland.

The team has created a website with more information about the ballpark proposal. Here’s an excerpt of my conversation with Kaval:

A’s President Calls Proposed Ballpark Site ‘Uniquely Oakland’ 15 September,2017Nina Thorsen


Nina Thorsen

Nina Thorsen is a KQED radio producer and director, and frequently reports on sports, food and culture.  

She co-created and produced KQED’s Pacific Time,  a weekly radio program on Asian and Asian American issues that aired from 2000 to 2007. Before coming to KQED, Thorsen was the deputy foreign editor for Marketplace.  In her home state of Minnesota, she worked for A Prairie Home Companion and for Public Radio International.  

Nina was honored by the Radio-TV News Directors Association of Northern California in 2012 for a series of stories on the Oakland A’s stadium.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in speech-communication. 

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