Dave Stewart interested in purchasing site of Oakland Coliseum
By David Hill
Former Oakland A’s legend Dave Stewart may now be competing directly against the team he found stardom with.
The future of the Oakland A’s has seemingly hinged on their ability to build a new stadium. They have continued to search for an area for a new stadium, with Howard Terminal as their preferred location. However, they have also been in contact with the City of Oakland to purchase their portion of the land that the Coliseum sits upon should other options not work out.
Now, the A’s will have some competition from a familiar face. Former Oakland ace Dave Stewart has submitted a $115 million offer to purchase the city’s portion of the site of the Coliseum.
There have been other offers made besides those from the A’s and Stewart. And it remains to be seen what those offers are, or even if the city will take the highest bid instead of looking at the bigger picture in regards to economic development.
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In theory, Stewart purchasing that portion of the property would help the A’s in regards to building a new ballpark should the Howard Terminal dream fall apart. Even if the A’s get their new ballpark in that desired location, Stewart would still be committed to developing and revitalizing that area for the city.
Stewart already has an important place in A’s history. He was their unquestioned ace during their impressive run in the late 1980s and into the 1990s, a reclamation project who became a star. His fearsome glare from the mound struck as much fear into the opposition as his devastating forkball.
Over 30 years later, Stewart can once again be a key part in the A’s future success. Ownership has long claimed that they need a new stadium in order to be able to afford top free agents or keep their own players. Stewart may be able to make that happen.
Dave Stewart has submitted a bid for the City of Oakland’s portion of the land the Oakland Coliseum sits upon. Time will tell if he will be successful.