Venue News & Notes: A’s Have Architect But No Stadium

The Oakland Athletics haven’t received permission to move anywhere, but that hasn’t stopped the team’s owner from hiring an architect for a new ballpark in San Jose, CA. A’s owner Lew Wolff said Tuesday he has hired 360 Architecture, based in Kansas City, MO, to design a stadium for the Athletics in downtown San Jose. “We just want to be ahead of the curve,” he said this week. “This architecture firm is one of the best, and we want to make sure they’re committed to us”…

…The San Jose Earthquakes announced this week that they have chosen 360 Architecture to serve as architect of the team’s new soccer-specific stadium. “During the past few years, 360 Architecture has worked closely with us as we have studied design alternatives and analyzed the feasibility of a new ballpark for the A’s and a new stadium for the Earthquakes, on a variety of sites,” said Wolff, co-owner of both teams. “Under the leadership of Brad Schrock, the firm has demonstrated the ability to be an excellent steward for the two projects as they continue to move forward”…

A privately financed study of whether the Richmond (VA) Coliseum should be renovated or replaced is focusing on four sites downtown, but it hasn’t begun to consider the potential costs or financing methods. Mayor Dwight C. Jones’s administration and the study’s lead consultant emphasized yesterday that the work is ongoing but said initial findings from reviews of demographics and user surveys support a new or improved civic arena that’s bigger than the city-owned Coliseum. “There was very little support for maintaining the status quo,” said Daniel S. Barrett, a principal with the study’s lead consultant, Barrett Sports Group LLC of California. “The current facility is not meeting the needs of the community”…

…Will the Quebec Nordiques return to Canada before the Winnipeg Jets? That’s the signal coming out of La Belle Province this week as the Quebec government unveiled a plan to build a $400 million arena in Quebec City. The kicker? Its construction depends on the federal government’s contributing $170 million. The Harper government, like the Liberal one before it, has so far snubbed calls to help pay for professional-sports facilities in other cities across Canada. But some observers say an exception could be made in vote-rich Quebec as the Tories seek a majority government.

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