Thank you God. That is all I can say. I had heard rumors of the Oakland A’s ending their attempts at relocating to Fremont recently and was a little skeptical at first because this little endeavor has been up and down at best. But today it was reported by the San Jose Mercury News that the A’s are indeed not going to be pursuing a move to Fremont after all.
The Oakland A’s move to Fremont is dead.
In a statement released this morning, A’s owner Lew Wolff said the team is stopping all work on a stadium in the Southern Alameda County community.
“After much consideration, today we informed Mayor Wasserman and City Council members that the Oakland Athletics will cease efforts to relocate our franchise to the City of Fremont,” Wolff says in a statement released by the team.
I couldn’t be happier. The thought of a professional sports team stadium in my city was pretty ridiculous to start with. The location they were planning on putting it into was even more ridiculous. The amount of greed expressed by the city and the city council was even more ridiculous than that. This was just a ridiculous idea to begin with.
I think Fremont is better off without the A’s in town. It really would have only benefited a handful of people, a few businesses and a lot of greedy developers. The traffic would have been stupid, the land waste would have been enormous and the cost to the taxpayers of the city would have been immense.
So while Lew Wolff, owner of the A’s, thanks Fremont for “all we have done” to try to help them get here, I am thanking him for finally coming to his senses and putting the kibash on the entire idea.