Let me start the official mourning.
For what was once the coolest spot in all of sports. The epicenter of winning.
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex.
With the A’s announcement that they plan to build their long-awaited ballpark at the Peralta Community College site, the abandonment plans are complete.
Nobody intends to stay at the intersection of Interstate 880, Hegenberger and 66th Avenue, the site of the most championships in Bay Area sports history.
First, the Golden State Warriors — who won three championships while residents of the Coliseum complex — announced their plans to move back to their first Bay Area home, San Francisco, by 2019.
Then, the Oakland Raiders waved goodbye. Again. They christened the Coliseum in 1966, were one of the NFL’s best teams back in the day while helping make Oakland the hippest locale in the league. They twice have rewarded their loyal fans by choosing to abandon them, this time for Las Vegas sometime in the next two or three years.
And now the A’s — the franchise that has been determined to leave Oakland for years — might be on the way out. Not out of the city as its owners once wanted but 5 miles away, near downtown, Laney College and Lake Merritt.
If the Laney site comes to pass, and that’s a big if, that will leave the great concrete and asphalt slab — 121 acres in all — void of teams.
But full of memories.
For those of us old enough to remember, Oakland was where winning happened. The A’s won three straight World Series: 1972, 1973 and 1974. In 1975, the Warriors got into the mix, winning their first NBA championship in the Bay Area. The…
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