The Oakland A’s will have to be in the Colesium for only so much longer. Their lease runs out after the 2024 season, at which point they will need to find a new home. In theory, they could look to extend the lease for another year or two, but that is not a situation that the A’s nor Major League Baseball want to have happen.
As such, the clock is ticking when it comes to the A’s future. That is especially the case when it comes to finding a new ballpark and having security moving forward.
Oakland A’s, city racing clock
It would seem as though Oakland is in the driver’s seat to keep the franchise. The Howard Terminal Project has continued to move slowly forward, inching its way towards becoming a reality. While other details need to be figured out, a binding resolution could be voted on by the end of the 2022 season.
Just that resolution would not be enough. In order for the ballpark to realistically be ready for the 2025 season, construction would need to begin by the beginning of 2023 at the latest. Even then, ongoing supply chain issues and other unforeseen events could delay the project even further into the future.
Those same problems would exist in Las Vegas. The A’s already saw their preferred site be sold to another entity as Bally Corp is set to purchase the Tropicana. Even then, they would have to go through the paperwork and various studies to have a ballpark become a reality.
But that does not mean that all sides can take their time. The A’s only have a guaranteed home for three more years and it is falling apart. A new stadium needs to happen, and it needs to happen soon. The clock is ticking.
The Oakland A’s need some clarity on their future home soon. Time is running out on their lease at the Colesium and for those questions to be answered.