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A’s stance on Raiders move: Not fair to Oakland’s passionate fans

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			A’s stance on Raiders move: Not fair to Oakland’s passionate fans

OAKLAND — Although the Raiders’ impending departure opens the door a little wider for a new A’s stadium, the baseball team is taking no pleasure in the idea of having the Oakland Coliseum to themselves.

“We were really disappointed to hear the news that they’re going to go,” A’s president Dave Kaval said Thursday. “We feel that this fan base in the East Bay is one of the best in all of professional sports.”

Kaval grew up in Cleveland — he’s still a Browns fan — and saw firsthand what it was like for an NFL franchise to be ripped from a loyal community.

“We just never want to see a team leave,” Kaval said. “I don’t think it’s something that’s fair to fans. … It’s just a hard thing, especially for fans who are so passionate.”

The A’s and Raiders currently share the Oakland Coliseum site, the only MLB/NFL dual facility still in existence.

But that arrangement won’t last much longer. NFL owners voted 31-1 on Monday to allow owner Mark Davis to move the team to Las Vegas. The Raiders’ proposed new 65,000-seat domed stadium in Nevada is not expected to open until 2020.

The A’s, meanwhile, continue to explore options for a new baseball-only home. They have zeroed in on four potential sites: the Coliseum location, Howard Terminal, north of Jack London Square, Laney College near the Lake Merritt BART station and Brooklyn Basin along the water west of Interstate 880.

The Raiders’ move appears to create an easier pathway for the Coliseum site. But Kaval cautioned again jumping to conclusions.

“We want to be deliberate about it,” he said. “It is a hard decision. We want to have a ballpark that’s like Fenway, that’s like Wrigley, that’s going to be here for 100 years.

“The only way that’s going to work is to get the entire community behind it.”

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