In late 2011 reports circulated regarding the plans for the Oakland Athletics to move the team to a new stadium just over 40 miles south in San Jose. The As franchise is familiar with moving van lines, and San Jose would be the fourth city the Athletics have played in after Philadelphia, Kansas City and Oakland. Now with the 2012 MLB season in its infancy, new developments may have put a monkey wrench in the A's plans.
Before the As can hire a moving a relocation company, the team will have to receive 75 percent approval from MLB team owners and present a viable plan for the new ballpark. This is complicated by the fact that territorial rights for San Jose are owned by the San Francisco Giants. The Athletics aren't interested in staying put in Oakland, and this case could result in the city of San Jose filing a legal suit against Major League Baseball.
These hurdles may prove frustrating for the Athletics, and highlights the behind the scene challenges for a corporate relocation. The As will have tons of equipment from training facilities, vendor stations and corporate offices to place in the hands of professional relocation movers.
Whatever company the Athletics choose will need to offer support at each step of the move. The scale of relocation will be enormous, and the As leadership team will have to coordinate with their movers. Full service corporate relocation companies can provide boxes and packaging material, pack up everything, load the trucks, transport company property, unpack and reset the move. Storage options are available and may be needed for as large a project as relocating athletic facilities and offices. They can also offer relocation support for employees of the company, whether the move is from one neighborhood to the next or international.
The promise of new facilities is tantalizing for the Athletics, who hope that a move to San Jose will increase club revenue and heighten attention to the team in their market. It could also have benefits when it comes to increasing television revenue. Whether or not this is possible is unclear, but since they do not foresee their future home remaining in Oakland, professional moving companies will certainly be competing for that contract.