Port of Oakland Approves Exclusive Negotiating Agreement for Waterfront Ballpark at Howard Terminal

The Port of Oakland has approved a 10-month exclusive negotiating agreement for a waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal, according to Steve Taveras of the East Bay Citizen.

The Port made the agreement with a group of local business leaders called the Oakland Waterfront Ballpark, LLC, who hope to ultimately build a 38,000-seat stadium at the site, just north of Jack London Square. The group is led by Clorox CEO Don Knauss, former Dreyer’s Ice Cream CEO T. Gary Rogers, Signature Development Group founder Michael Ghielmetti and Doug Boxer, the son of Senator Barbara Boxer.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has endorsed the Howard Terminal project, while also giving support to the idea of potentially building a ballpark at the current Coliseum site.

On Twitter, Newballpark.org threw out a timeline for how long it could take for the proposed Howard Terminal stadium to be built.

For now, of course, it’s all speculation as the current ownership group has shown zero inclination to build a ballpark in Oakland or to sell the team to another group interested in doing so.

Still, the Port’s approval of an exclusive negotiating agreement represents one small step toward a potential waterfront ballpark for the Oakland Athletics.