Dave Kaval

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Dave Kaval
Born
David Kaval

Residence San Jose, California, US
Nationality American
Alma mater Stanford University
Occupation Sports executive
Known for President of the Oakland Athletics
Spouse(s) Maria Fredricsson

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

Career

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).[1]

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.[2]

In November 2016, Kaval was named president of the Oakland Athletics succeeding Michael Crowley. 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.[3] Kaval and the Athletics also committed to building a new stadium in Oakland, highlighted by the launch of their Rooted In Oakland campaign. Kaval is a main principal behind the construction of a new stadium for the team.

Community Engagement Plan

Throughout his quest for a new ballpark for the A’s, Dave Kaval has made the process of engaging the community an extensive effort in working with the people that live, work, play and connect in Oakland.  The hundreds of meetings with the community have given citizens a voice to share their perspectives and values on how a new ballpark can benefit their neighborhoods and provide opportunities as the city continues to progress.  The meetings have allowed the A’s to work in concert with the city as they become the only professional sports team left in Oakland. These set of meetings occurring during the fall and winter months of 2018 in East and West Oakland are progressive discussions that will elaborate upon the proposed ballpark projects of both the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Howard Terminal sites. Updated information and recaps on the meetings are available online.

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Executive Bio". Oakland Athletics.
  2. ^ "A's president Dave Kaval relinquishes MLS job". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "New A's president Dave Kaval focused on stadium, community". San Francisco Chronicle. November 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Championship Plaza". MLB.com. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Treehouse at the Oakland Coliseum". MLB.com. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Elliot, Almond (December 27, 2016). "A's new president: Five things to know about Dave Kaval". The Mercury News.

External links

  • Profile with the Athletics
  • Profile with the Earthquakes
  • Dave Kaval "Rooted in Oakland"
  • Dave Kaval on Twitter
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