Cisco Field Update: One Step Closer to “Play Ball!!”
Last year, we announced that one of the newest Major League Baseball stadiums would be named “Cisco Field” and it would be the home to the Athletics, currently of Oakland. The new stadium will be in Fremont, CA…just down the road from Oakland and closer to the heart of Silicon Valley. Today, the A’s announced that we are all one step closer to the reality of Cisco Field.The press release issued today, states, “Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff, Cisco and ProLogis announced today that they have signed land agreements enabling the Cisco Field ballpark process to move forward. The A’s now have completed the land transaction and control 226-acres of land in the City of Fremont where the new Cisco Field ballpark and the urban village will be built. In addition, the A’s will continue to work with the City staff on the steps necessary to commence the public application process.”Money quotes from the press release:A’s owner Lew Wolff: “Our agreements with Cisco and ProLogis are a critical milestone in giving us the opportunity to create Major League Baseball’s most exciting and intimate fan friendly venue.”Cisco CEO John Chambers: ” We believe Cisco Field will provide the Bay Area community and major league baseball fans alike with an experience that is unparalleled in sports today. By teaming with the A’s, Cisco will be able to use technology to help create a ballpark of the future-and connect communities.”I, for one, am excited about Cisco Field and seeing what cool, innovative technologies we come up with to enhance the baseball fan experience. We certainly don’t want to take away from the crack of the bat, the smell of the grass or the coldness of the beer, but if we can utilize technology to make the experience more interactive and informative (if a fan so chooses to access these options), then I think we’re all doing a good thing. I am proud to sit on my couch, watch sports and surf the web for all the background and stats on a player when he’s at the freethrow line, in the batter’s box, on the tee box, or breaking a tackle…and, for those fans who want information at their fingertips at all times (irregardless if they are sitting on the couch or in the stadium) I think that we can be of assistance.And, of course, GO A’s!!!!