The O.co Coliseum in Oakland briefly lost power when it was struck by lightning early Tuesday morning, Oakland A’s and PG&E officials said.
The Oakland City Council approved a lease agreement for the Oakland Athletics to stay at the O.Co Coliseum Wednesday night, but the team expressed disappointment after city leaders made several adjustments to the deal.
The Oakland City Council has called a special session for Wednesday night, and they are expected to vote on the A’s lease deal.
Commenting for the first time in public on the proposed lease extension plan, Quan said the city council should approve the deal so they can work on getting the team a new stadium.
The A’s have been in turbulent talks for weeks with Oakland and Alameda County officials over a new 10-year-lease at the aging O.Co Coliseum, but that may be moot if Raiders representatives can push through a plan to tear down the stadium and get a new NFL venue built in half that time.
Oakland City Council is set to meet behind closed doors Monday to go over details of the A’s lease agreement that was approved by the Coliseum board last Thursday.
If you hadn’t heard, Oakland officials tried vote down the A’s 10-year lease because some members didn’t like the details of the deal. A’s owner Lew Wolff then threatened to immediately seek a new home and was given the green light by MLB commissioner Bud Selig. It was only then that Oakland officials caved, realizing they might have a Field of Schemes with no team to play on it.
San Jose Officials Remain Hopeful For Oakland A’s Move To South Bay, Despite Lease Extension Agreement
City leaders said their chances of landing the A’s still comes down to a federal appeals court hearing next month.
A’s owner Lew Wolff sent an e-mail to Oakland and Alameda County leaders Wednesday night indicating Major League Baseball has given him permission to relocate the team if a 10-year lease deal at the Coliseum is rejected.
At a meeting of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority on Thursday, a new lease proposal is expected to be presented.