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Oakland A's Score Legal Win, Move Closer To New Stadium Reality

The Coliseum in Oakland

The Oakland Athletics scored a win for the development of a new stadium at the Howard Terminal in Oakland as an Alameda County judge rejected a lawsuit that aimed to kill the project, citing environmental concerns.

The lawsuit, filed in April by the Capitol Corridor Joints Powers Authority, the East Oakland Stadium Alliance, Union Pacific Railroad and a consortium of port workers, was rejected by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman, The Real Deal reported.

The lawsuit alleged that among other issues, the Howard Terminal stadium would create a significant level of congestion across local and regional roadways, with Union Pacific also claiming that the project did not properly consider the impacts of rail and vehicle travel.

Seligman dismissed all aspects of the lawsuit, siding with the A’s and the city of Oakland, with one exception — whether the wind mitigation mentioned in the Environmental Impact Report would actually be a meaningful factor following the project’s completion.

The stadium is slated to cost up to $12B, but is still riddled with roadblocks before it can become a reality, which include pushback from elected officials and whether or not an agreement on the number of affordable housing units allocated for the mixed-use project can be reached, as well as outcry from the community.