This page recounts the saga of the attempt to bring Cisco Field to Fremont, California.
For the current push to build the ballpark in San Jose, see the Main Page
Note: The information below regarding the status of Fremont being the new home of the A's is now in a state of flux. A planned meeting between A's management, along with president of Major League Baseball, Bob DuPuy with the Fremont City Council & Chamber of Commerce wound up in limbo.
This cancellation stemmed from the bitter opposition some Fremont residents
had expressed toward building the ballpark in the Warm Springs district
of the city. Anticipating a raucous crowd, the planned presentation
was scrubbed, at least for the present.
"We didn't want to run into a lot of people screaming and yelling at the president of Major League Baseball," A's co-owner Lew Wolff said.
Sadly however, it appears that the ball landed in in Fremont's yard, and the grumpy people that live there told them to "stay off their lawn".
With the closure of the NUMMI car plant having happened, one must ponder whether the good citizens of Fremont may be second guessing their decision to thumb their collectve noses at a job producing Cisco Field.
Those wishing to express their opinions to the City of Fremont can do so on the "Mayor & City Council Contact Page" of their website.
What was to be:
After playing in Oakland since 1968, Athletics owner Lew Wolff announced in November, 2006 of plans to build a new home for the A's in Fremont California. Pending approval by the County of Alameda and the City of Fremont, construction will begin on a 143 acre tract of land located off the I-880 Nimitz Freeway & Auto Mall Parkway. Cisco Systems has purchased the naming rights to the ballpark at a cost of $4 million dollars per year, for a term of 30 years.
The design goal is to create a facility reminiscent of the old classic ballparks of the past, combined
with the most advanced technology found today.
With a seating capacity of around 34,000, Cisco Field will be the smallest ballpark in the Major Leagues. A three-tier grandstand spans from left-field foul pole to behind homeplate, then extends from the first baseline to right field.
A high definition video board / score board will be located beyond the center field fence. At the opposite side of this board, another video screen will be present that will allow A's fans outside the ballpark to keep up with the game action.
Cisco Field will debut at the earliest in 2010, and at the latest in 2012.