SACRAMENTO, CA - Mayor Kevin Johnson believes the Sacramento downtown railyard could become the new home of the Oakland Athletics if the A's decide to leave the Bay Area.
"I think everyone knows that Sacramento is a baseball town," said Johnson. "We have 320 days of sunshine we are watching really closely what is happening in Oakland."
Currently, the A's are hoping to build a new stadium in Santa Clara County, but the San Francisco Giants are trying to block the move based on territorial rights. And last week, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig eluded to the possibility of the Oakland franchise moving out of the Bay Area.
"We as a community need to try to determine whether or not it makes sense for us to engage in further conversation," Johnson said. "But we are at a very preliminary stage when it comes to baseball."
The Sacramento Kings decided to back out of the City of Sacramento's downtown arena plan hoping to renovate the aging Power Balance Pavilion. And if the arena plan turns into a stadium plan, it doesn't mean baseball would replace basketball.
"A lot of people believe in what our community can do, and they know we are a good basketball market as well as a good baseball market," said the Mayor. "And they know we can support not one but two teams if given the opportunity."