OAKLAND, Calif. (CelebrityAccess) The Oakland A’s are exploring the idea of transporting their fans to a proposed new stadium via gondola.
The professional team is looking at two sites in Oakland, Calif., including the Howard Terminal. If there, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system will not be able to get baseball fans to the ballpark, so gondolas may be a substitute. They would ride over the I-880 and Southern Pacific railroad tracks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“You have to be creative in how you approach these problems in the modern era, where you have transportation gridlock,” A’s president Dave Kaval told the paper.
BART general manager Grace Crunican recently “slammed the door” on building a BART station near Howard Terminal, according to the paper, because the price tag would be “in the stratosphere.”
Ideas like the taking a ride-in-the-sky a la Disneyland’s Skyway is just one reason why the A’s are considering staying put and just rebuilding their current ballpark, according to the paper. The Chronicle noted that the Oakland Zoo recently spent $5 million to build an aerial tram to take diners from the visitor center to the hilltop restaurant, carrying eight people at a time.