Oakland Coliseum in the 1980s

Could a downsized A’s ballpark be a hit?

Baseball is trending toward smaller stadiums, from the nearly 50,000-seat monoliths to the 40,000-or-so capacities of AT&T Park, and the Oakland Athletics’ plan for a $500 million, 34,000-seat ballpark near Lake Merritt takes the evolution a seat further.

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Rangers Unveil Plans for new Globe Life Field

The Texas Rangers’ new stadium will have a retractable roof, but the baseball team wants fans to feel like they’re still outdoors. The ballpark will be more intimate than the current Globe Life Park, with seating for about 41,000 instead of 50,000 and putting fans closer to the field.

Grounds crew paint football lines and numbers on the grass at Target Field in Minneapolis in preparation for this Saturday's St. Thomas vs. Saint John's football game, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

Here’s how Target Field becomes a football stadium

The Twins were given a potential layout for a football field from the architect of Target Field when the stadium was constructed in 2010. “But we just kind of sat on that for seven years and waited,” said Larry DiVito, the Twins’ head groundskeeper.