OAKLAND -- Following Oakland's lead, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a lease extension Tuesday that could keep the Oakland A's at O. Co Coliseum for another decade.

The supervisors had to ratify the lease extension because Alameda County and Oakland jointly own the 120-acre Coliseum complex that is home to the A's, Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors.

The approved lease contains several minor modifications sought by Oakland council members and agreed to by A's owner Lew Wolff last week. The joint Oakland-Alameda Coliseum Joint Powers Authority is expected to give the deal final approval in early August.

Oakland Coliseum complex photographed June 28, 2001. (Contra Costa Times/Karl Mondon)
Oakland Coliseum complex photographed June 28, 2001. (Contra Costa Times/Karl Mondon)

Supervisors enthusiastically endorsed the lease agreement that several council members approved reluctantly after failing to get more generous terms from the team.

"I think it's really clear that none of us would vote for a deal that would keep the A's at any cost," Supervisor Wilma Chan said. "That would be irresponsible as a public official."

The lease deal reduces the A's annual average rent over the next 10 years by about $4 million and ends Oakland's bid to get the team to pay $5.3 million from a disputed city parking tax. The A's, meanwhile, agreed to pay the tax in upcoming years and to pay at least $10 million toward new scoreboards for the Coliseum.


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Both sides have escape clauses. The A's could opt-out after the 2018 baseball season, while the Coliseum board could boot the A's two years after the Raiders and a private developer produce a plan and a $10 million deposit toward a new football stadium that could necessitate demolition of the Coliseum.

Staff Writer Matt O'Brien contributed to this story. Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435.