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64 Percent Back A's Fremont Ballpark Proposal - Will They Pay For It?

This article below is from KNTV San Francisco -- somehow the Oakland Tribune missed this. But at any rate, I wonder if the residents would feel that way if they had to pay for it? I think the survey may have been rigged to get a positive outcome.


64% Back A's Fremont Ballpark Proposal

Researchers: Fremont 'Strongly Supports' A's Ballpark Village

POSTED: 2:12 pm PST November 14, 2007
UPDATED: 3:53 pm PST November 14, 2007

FREMONT, Calif. -- Residents of Fremont strongly back a proposal for a new Oakland A's "ballpark village" project, according to results released by a research firm hired by the team.
A's organization officials said they hired EMC Research to determine the public's reaction to the plan, released the results Wednesday.
According to the telephone survey of Fremont residents, a strong majority supports a new ballbark village complex in the city.
Sixty-two percent said they supported the project.
Thirty-two percent said they were opposed. Only 4 percent were undecided.
The research company said the results of the telephone poll show public awareness of the ballpark village project is high.
Ninety-eight percent of those polled said they had heard something about the project recently in local news stories.
The owners of the Oakland Athletics formally submitted their development application to the city of Fremont Nov. 8 to develop 226 acres of land in the Pacific Commons area at a cost of about $1.8 billion.
The A's said their plan includes a baseball-only ballpark, a surrounding ballpark village that will consist of residential and commercial properties along with a new elementary school.
The research firm said that Fremont residents have a positive view of the Oakland A's in general, based on the poll results.
Sixty-nine percent said they have a favorable opinion of the franchise, compared to 18 percent who had an unfavorable opinion of the team.
When told the project would create hundreds of local jobs, 73 percent indicated they were more likely to support the project, according to EMC Research officials.
The research firm said more people than not approved of the idea of a "technologically advanced" elementary school as part of the ballpark village.
The research firm said they reached the results by speaking to 400 Fremont registered voters in September.
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