Vice Mayor Still Wants A's to Move to Fremont

Anu Natarajan noted her will to revisit the idea of bringing the MLB team to the Tri-Cities at a recent Fremont City Council meeting.

At least one city leader has not given up on the hope to bring the A's to Fremont, according to media reports.

The Fremont Argus reported that Fremont Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan mentioned the A's while discussing the significance of creating a unique anchor for the city's proposed downtown area at the Fremont City Council's Feb. 12 meeting.

According to the Argus, A's co-owner Lew Wolff was vocal about moving the Athletics into Fremont between 2006 and 2009, but started working on moving the A's to San Jose after the housing market crashed and residents expressed opposition, The Argus reported.

While The Argus reported that city officials have not discussed the possibility with A's personnel, Natarajan said the A's plans to move to the South Bay seemed to have been stalled and that "she would like to revisit the idea.

"If nothing is happening in San Jose, I believe Fremont needs to be at the table, even if the chance is remote," Natarajan told the Argus.

Wolff told The Argus on Friday that his focus is still on the South Bay.

Click here to read the full report from The Argus.

Would you want the A's to move to the Tri-Cities? Share your thoughts in our comments section below.

Nick February 22, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Internet boom started in 1997 - 2000. The park was already approved for construction in 1996. Real estate in the area jumped once the ballpark was approved. Pac Bell Park did more for the area there, than the Internet boom. No way the Giants could have afforded that land IF the internet boom was in fact responsible for bringing retailers to China Basin. The area was better known for early morning flower supplies and wedding dresses and a dumped body of a woman. Pac Bell and the Giants entered into an agreement sometime in 1995/96 on naming rights, I believe it was a 24 year deal.
Bruce MacNaughton February 22, 2013 at 06:47 PM
My point stands - AT&T Park didn't make SF a major league city - it already was a major league city. And the reasons for China Basin's resurgence are many. It's at the end of the line for the CalTrain, the new street car system goes south from there, real estate in the rest of SF was expensive and there was room to build there. SOMA became a cool place for the younger people in SF because it was cheaper and mass transit was easily available. There's not really much retail around there - but there are plenty of bars cashing in on the crowds. And I could point out that Candlestick Park has not exactly revitalized the area. It's not as simple as building a stadium and things get good. If I were a business on Automall Parkway I wouldn't want a stadium to make it hard for my customers to shop on game days. If I were a bar or restaurant I might have a different perspective though.
Rob Johnson February 22, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Says the man who didn't know the "Mets" played in NYC.
Nick February 22, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Agreed, SF did not need a ball park to make itself into a major league town. SF was able to support 2 major franchises for more than 50 years. SF is a major metropolis and the Warriors want to cash in on it. They didn't even give Oakland a chance. They know it's where people want to be. Much rather see them throw an arena closer to downtown than the pier....something like the Madison Square Garden of the West.
Bruce MacNaughton February 23, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Sorry Rob - I didn't know Flushing was part of NYC. The rest of the points are accurate and support the argument. But I probably deserve a jab for being ignorant on the details of NYC.


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