UPDATED 12/23/2013 1:47 p.m.
Oakland Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff has reportedly expressed a renewed interest in explorind a development deal at O.co Coliseum.
According to Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle (the item is down a bit in the column), Wolff sent a letter to coliseum officials a couple of weeks ago saying he wanted to better understand the land around the complex that the city and Alameda County controls.
Wolff is expected to meet with an executive from Colony Capital, the Southern California firm involved with the Coliseum City project that would envelope new stadiums for both the A’s and Oakland Raiders along with retail and housing developments.
Last week, Mayor Jean Quan endorsed a project to build a new stadium for the A’s on the waterfront in the Port of Oakland.
In the wake of the report in the Chronicle, however, the A’s issued a press release on Monday.
On Dec. 17, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier and Ross reported that Oakland A’s Owner and Managing General Partner Lew Wolff was intending to meet with representatives of a proposed developer of a Southern California real estate company to discuss the A’s interest in “a new coliseum deal”.
For the record, Mr. Wolff never commented on any meeting and was not contacted to verify any reference to a meeting.
“We are only prepared to meet with our landlord, the JPA, or elected and designated officials of Alameda County and the City of Oakland, to discuss any aspect of our venue or lease,” Wolff said.
Then there’s the whole lawsuit between the city of San Jose and Major League Baseball over MLB’s blocking of a proposed move by the A’s to the South Bay.
In any event, the A’s have a new lease at O.com Coliseum through 2015.
It’s a troubling time for East Bay sports fans. The Warriors are looking at a new arena on the waterfront in San Francisco, the Raiders want a new stadium and so do the A’s, with the A’s having actively pursued the option of leaving the city.