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As waters rise, so do concerns for sports teams along coast

October 16, 2019

By Rich Masse : washingtonpost – excerpt

One franchise’s challenge: Amid rising sea levels, build a stadium to last 100 years.

A number of American pro sports venues could be vulnerable to rising waters brought on by climate change, including Citi Field in New York (home of MLB’s Mets); Oracle Park in San Francisco (MLB’s Giants); American Airlines Arena in Miami (NBA’s Heat); Petco Park in San Diego (MLB’s Padres); TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (NFL’s Jaguars); and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (NFL’s Giants and Jets)…

OAKLAND, Calif. — The infield is made of asphalt right now. So are the dugouts, the outfield and the stands. Someday this might be home to a baseball stadium, but today the Howard Terminal is little more than a parking lot for 16-wheelers, populated by far more sea gulls than baseball fans.

Dave Kaval, the Oakland Athletics’ team president, walks from the gigantic cranes on the water’s edge to what soon might be the site of home plate. It smells like diesel fuel, not peanuts or Cracker Jacks. He no longer sees this 55-acre plot of land as a desolate storage space along the San Francisco Bay. He can’t afford to focus on what he sees here today or dwell on what the ballpark might look like when it opens its doors. He has to figure out how a stadium might still be serviceable decades down the road…(more)

Really? Of all the people who will be effected by the raising waters, do we care about the fate of these recently built on the waterfront sports stadiums? The owners knew the risks of sea level rise when they chose to build on the waterfront. If anyone can afford to lose a fortune over their decision it is the owners of teams. Maybe, some of them might have second thoughts.

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