San Francisco Giants willing to temporarily share home park with Oakland Athletics
Despite ongoing turf wars in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Giants have expressed a willingness to reach out and share their own home ballpark with the cross Bay rival Oakland Athletics, if only temporarily. According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury-News, the Giants President and CEO Larry Baer stated that AT&T Park could be made available if needed:
“They’ve got to come up with a long-term plan, once that’s arrived at, then maybe you’ll take a step back and say, ‘Is there something we can do to be helpful?’ As a neighborly thing. Obviously, they’ve got to come up with what their plan is, and we’ll go from there.”
The Oakland Coliseum is falling apart, with little public support for a major overhaul. The Oakland Raiders also share the venue, and are now thinking of moving back south to Los Angeles. As for solutions for the Oakland Athletics, San Jose makes sense, but the A’s and Giants have battled over market share in the burgeoning city, nestled in between the two cities by the Bay. The Athletics proposed building a ballpark there, and there is plenty of money to do it. But the Giants don’t want to give up that ripe market for which they own the territory, and MLB vetoed.
Unlike the NFL, NBA, and NHL, which routinely share home venues, Major League Baseball has not had two teams share a Stadium since 1974 and 1975, when the New York Yankees moved across the East River into Queens to share Shea Stadium while Yankee stadium was being renovated. Rumors circulated a couple of years ago that the Cubs and White Sox might share U.S. Cellular Field if Wrigley needed a major overhaul, but that did not come to pass. Baseball being played nearly every day makes it difficult to share. A very customized schedule would have to be constructed to avoid conflict.
– David Whitlock