The Oakland A’s have big plans for July 2. With the holiday weekend upcoming, and an impressive fireworks display planned, the A’s had been hoping for additional service from Bay Area Rapid Transit. However, according to team president Dave Kaval, that will not happen.
Kaval certainly did not mince words when it came to his thoughts on the matter. He accused SF Bart of favoritism, saying that the Giants received better service than they get in Oakland.
Dave Kaval airing Oakland A’s grievances
For their part, BART is claiming otherwise. They are saying that the A’s actually get better service than the Giants because of where the Colesium is located. The issue is that they do not have the staff required to keep those stations open in Oakland on that night.
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While it may not be a surprise that the A’s would have such thoughts, the timing of these remarks is certainly interesting. It would be easy to explain the frustration due to the date of the fireworks and the team hoping to be able to give their fans something to enjoy after the game. That explanation would make these comments a gripe against that favoritism.
But there is more than BART’s claims to be unable to handle staying open later. The Howard Terminal project is coming up for a vote by the Oakland City Council on July 20. By airing these grievances now, the A’s are highlighting the reasons as to why they need the new ballpark, and the revitalization of the area.
This also covers their bases in case the project gets voted down. A’s ownership would have another reason that they could give as to why they would be moving to Las Vegas if such a decision is made. It is easier to point the fingers elsewhere than to potentially accept the fallout from relocation.
Dave Kaval and the Oakland A’s are making their grievances known. With the upcoming Howard Terminal Project vote, the timing is quite interesting.