Venue News & Notes: An A’s Stadium Must Pay Its Own Way in San Jose

The city of San Jose, CA, is interested in bringing the Oakland A’s baseball franchise to town, but on one set-in-stone condition: the team must pay for its own stadium. This week, the San Jose City Council will vote on a series of principles for negotiating with the A’s. The No. 1 condition: the ballpark must not cost San Jose any money and must actually make money for the city.

If the Oakland A’s are to move to San Jose, says the South Bay city’s mayor, the city should remain firm on one point: Lew Wolff, the A’s co-owner, “needs to pay for his own stadium.” This week, for the first time, the San Jose City Council will vote on a handful of principles meant to shape any future negotiations with the A’s. In fact, at the top of the city’s list is a requirement that any ballpark actually make the city money — “millions of dollars,” Reed said — instead of merely not costing it any…

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