Fremont interested in the Oakland A's...again...
At a council meeting last week, Fremont City Manager Fred Diaz revived Fremont's chances at landing the team. Supporters and opponents of the new stadium were equal in attendance. Notably different than in January 2009 when hundreds of stadium opponents rallied outside of City Hall. More than a dozen Chamber of Commerce members spoke to the council in favor of the new stadium plan. Supporters of the stadium believe that bringing the baseball team to Fremont would boost business and create more jobs. Opponents, however, say that research has shown that stadiums are not economic opponents.
The new stadium plans would put a 36,000-seat ballpark on 120 acres of land owned by the NUMMI auto plant, which will be closing in April of this year. The plans call for Alameda County to buy the land and for the city to make as much as $80 million in infrastructure improvements funded by future stadium rent, ticket surcharges and parking concessions.
What are your thoughts about this? Should the Oakland A's move to Fremont?
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