The Oakland Athletics are the only major league sports franchise that remains in the city of Oakland.
The A's have been searching for a new home for almost 20 years, but their relocation to Las Vegas has dominated Bay Area sports news since late April.
Ballpark Failures: IIn 2001, the A's started exploring for a stadium in Oakland's Uptown region. Jerry Brown, the mayor, proposed a new housing complex on the A's site.
The 2005 A's looked at 66th Avenue land across from the Coliseum, but the owners didn't sell. Cisco Field was announced a year later.
After public opposition scuttled that, the A's looked at sites in Jack London Square and then San Jose, near SAP Center, in 2012.
That led to a court battle with the Giants, who claimed exclusive territorial rights to San Jose—rights the A's had granted them in the 1990s to prevent the Giants from relocating to Florida.
The A's secured a ten-year lease renewal at the Coliseum after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled with the Giants, hoping to construct a new ballpark in one of the vast parking lots adjacent to the Raiders' concrete stadium.
Years later, Raiders owner Mark Davis blamed the A's lease extension for his NFL team's departure from Oakland.
He stated the Raiders were willing to talk business with the city on plans for a new football stadium where the Coliseum is, but as long as the A's were using it, the Raiders were stuck—and in 2017, they moved to Las Vegas.