A's, firm examining new ballpark at current site

OAKLAND -- The A's announced on Friday that they've appointed an architectural consultant to explore design options for a baseball-only stadium at the existing Coliseum site.

The news comes less than two weeks after the Oakland Coliseum board unanimously ratified a 10-year contract with the A's, keeping them in Oakland through at least 2024.

The firm, 360 Architecture, which has worked with the A's since 2010, specializes in the planning and design of professional and collegiate sports facilities. The firm's recent notable projects include MetLife Stadium, home to both the Giants and Jets of the National Football League, and San Jose Earthquakes Stadium.

It's the A's hope that the firm can provide them a new state-of-the art venue at their current site, rather than elsewhere -- reflecting a significant component of the lease deal that requires A's owner Lew Wolff to enter "good faith" discussions about building a new ballpark in Oakland after several years of trying to move the team south.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.