The Oakland Athletics bid for a new stadium is back to square one. The Peralta Community College District — which owns the land the A’s had been planning to build on — has backed out of the agreement.
The team released a statement on its Twitter page.
A's STATEMENT: We are shocked by Peralta’s decision to not move forward. All we wanted to do was enter into a conversation about how to make this work for all of Oakland, Laney, & the Peralta Community College District. We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity.
— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾️ (@Athletics) December 6, 2017
Libby Schaaf, the Mayor of Oakland, also released a statement, showing the city’s commitment to the A’s.
Oakland remains fiercely determined to keep the @Athletics in Oakland. It is unfortunate the discussion w/ Peralta ended so abruptly, yet we're committed, more than ever, to working with the A’s and our community to find the right spot in OAK for a privately-financed ballpark.
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) December 6, 2017
The bid for a new stadium is nothing new for the A’s.
The Oakland Coliseum is the fourth oldest stadium in baseball and remains the only MLB stadium to also host an MLB team (though that won’t be the case for much longer).