Lew Wolff: "Serious" about moving A's to Fremont
I found this article today and just had to post it.
The Fremont A's? Doesn't quite have that ring to it...
FREMONT, Calif. -- The owner of the Oakland Athletics says he's interested in building a new ballpark for the club on an undeveloped piece of land once set aside for tech giant Cisco Systems.
Lew Wolff told members of a civil group on Wednesday night that he's "quite serious" about moving the team to Fremont, a city with 210,000 people about 20 miles south of Oakland.
"I wouldn't be standing here tonight if we weren't serious," Wolff told the Washington Township Men's club.
Wolff said he was interested in moving the stadium because plans for the "ballpark village" he unveiled in August has little chance of success in Oakland.
San Jose-based Cisco leased the 143 acres west of Interstate 880 in 2000 during the dot-com boom for $104 million in prepaid rent. But after the technology crash, there was little demand for the space.
"We're very, very much interested in the A's," Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman said. "Obviously, until we reach something that's concrete, it's difficult to say, 'Yeah, I would go for this or go for that.' We continue to talk with them."
We own the West!
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