Besides monitoring Twitter and reading every article I could find, I made time to talk to A’s President Dave Kaval earlier this afternoon about the Howard Terminal and Coliseum announcement. Unlike the Wolff interview series a few years ago, this was over the phone and won’t be transcribed. Instead I’ll describe what I’ve seen so far and intersperse it with relevant quotes from Kaval.
In lieu of any assembled thoughts on the subject, I’ll lay out my plans for the coming days. Expect Part I of the Kaval Call series to come out tomorrow, with the subsequent installments coming in the next few days. I’m still jotting down my thoughts, so if you have any questions drop them in the comments and I’ll try to include my responses in the posts. Yes, there will be some comments about The Shire.
Kaval Call: Part I – Howard Terminal Ballpark
- Shape and Style
- Roof Deck and Path
- Outfield and Views
- Scoreboards and Technology
Kaval Call: Part II – Waterfront Setting
Kaval Call: Part III – Gondolas not BART
Kaval Call: Part IV – Coliseum Redevelopment
Huge thanks to A’s VP of Communications Catherine Aker, who asked me a couple months ago if I would be interested in interviewing Kaval. At the time I declined, telling her to let me know when the A’s were ready to announce something. As a pro would, she got back to me this week.
1. Verify capacity of gondola. SFGate said 6,000 per hour. That is 100 per minute. How can you load 100 people per minute with elderly and children when the maximum cab is 40 persons?
2. Why isn’t the Coliseum site put up for bid as it is public land.
3. The Coliseum master plan looks like a gated community. What gives?
an annoying thing about sports arenas is the top decks are really far away in most stadiums (other than Wrigley), when he says intimate what are the thoughts on that and will the top decks be meaningfully closer than most ballparks?