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Dave Kaval
David Kaval

ResidenceSan Jose, California, US
Alma materStanford University
OccupationSports executive
Known forPresident of the Oakland Athletics
Spouse(s)Maria Fredricsson

Dave Kaval is the seventh and current President of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball.

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On November 17, 2016, David Kaval was named the seventh president in Oakland Athletics history. As President of the Athletics, one of Kaval's first moves was to aggressively increase the amount of marketing the Athletics were doing, particularly in San Francisco. Kaval also announced office hours due to his beliefs in community involvement in sports. He also is committed to upgrades to their home stadium, the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.[1], including the addition of a number of club and premium seating areas, renovating Shibe Park Tavern, and introducing three new fan areas: Championship Plaza, The Treehouse and the A’s Stomping Ground.

Kaval is also leading the Club's efforts to build a new ballpark in Oakland, highlighted by the launch of their Rooted In Oakland campaign. On November 28, 2018, the Athletics announced the team’s desire to build its privately financed 34,000-seat ballpark at the Howard Terminal site at the Port of Oakland. The Athletics also have plans to redevelop the Coliseum site.

Prior to working for the Athletics, Kaval founded the independent Golden Baseball League (GBL) in 2003. Kaval also previously spent time in the Office of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C., where he worked on the National Security budget as part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).[2]

Kaval became president of the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer in 2010. During his time with the Earthquakes, he raised its level of marketing, which led to Avaya Stadium being regularly sold out. In addition, Kaval spearheaded the creation of the California Clásico at Stanford Stadium between the Earthquakes and LA Galaxy. He stepped down from the position on May 31, 2017 to focus on the Athletics.[3]

Ballpark at Howard Terminal

Under Kaval's guidance, the A’s plan to build a privately financed, 34,000-seat ballpark at Howard Terminal, including fixed seats and general admission experience areas. The ballpark will feature an elevated park that wraps and frames the bowl, coming down to meet the waterfront. The ballpark will anchor a new, vibrant waterfront district that will feature a mix of housing, including affordable housing, offices, restaurants, retail, small business space, parks, and public gathering spaces.[4] Kaval is working diligently with State, County, City and Port officials to move the ballpark project forward.

Community Engagement

Kaval is committed to making the ballpark project bigger than baseball by generating significant economic and community benefits for Oakland, including job creation, economic development, and new civic, educational, and recreational amenities.[5]

For the old Coliseum site, Kaval wants to "honor" the neighborhood of East Oakland with the Coliseum Redevelopment Project.[6]

Kaval has made it a priority to engage the community and work with the people who live, work, play, and connect in Oakland. The Oakland A’s hosted hundreds of community meetings and workshops in 2018, giving residents a voice to share their perspectives and values on how a new ballpark can benefit and provide opportunities in their neighborhoods.

Coliseum Experience Improvements

Under Kaval's leadership, the A's have invested heavily in improvements to the Coliseum, the team's 50 year old stadium in Oakland. In 2017 the team created a new outdoor plaza area with food-trucks and lawn games, called Championship Plaza.[7] The West Side Club was also entirely renovated and rebranded into Shibe Park Tavern, the Coliseum's new destination restaurant and bar with over 20 different beers on tap. In 2018, the A's created a brand new destination indoor / outdoor bar concept in the left field corner called The Treehouse. The Treehouse has brought a new demographic of fans to the Coliseum through nightly themed discounts and through its innovative subscription ticketing product, the Treehouse Pass.[8]

On April 17, 2018, the Athletics opened the gates to the Coliseum for a free admission game versus the Chicago White Sox. It was the 50th anniversary of the club's first game played in Oakland back on April 17, 1968. 46,028 fans were on-hand for the 10-2 Athletics victory and Kaval called the game, "A gift to Oakland."

Personal life

He is married to Maria Fredricsson whom he met while at Stanford.[9]


  1. ^ "New A's president Dave Kaval focused on stadium, community". San Francisco Chronicle. November 18, 2016.
  2. ^ "Executive Bio". Oakland Athletics.
  3. ^ "A's president Dave Kaval relinquishes MLS job". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Photos: Oakland A's release new renderings of their proposed Howard Terminal stadium". Mercury News. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  5. ^ "Study: Proposed A's ballpark could bring  $7.3 billion spur, 6,100 jobs". Mercury News. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  6. ^ "A's Coliseum plan could transform surrounding area". East Bay Times. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Championship Plaza". Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Treehouse at the Oakland Coliseum". Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Elliot, Almond (December 27, 2016). "A's new president: Five things to know about Dave Kaval". The Mercury News.

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