The principals of Wolff Urban Development acquired an ownership in Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics in April 2005. The ownership group includes John Fisher, Keith Wolff and Lew Wolff, who serve as the Managing General Partners. Prior to the acquisition, Lew Wolff had been appointed Vice President of Venue Development in 2003. New stadium / mixed-use development plans are underway.
Lew Wolff and John Fisher purchased the Major League Soccer's new expansion team, the San Jose Earthquakes, in July 2007. Planning and development for a new stadium located near SanJose Airport began. Avaya Stadium was opened in March of 2015.
Avaya Stadium finally made its debut on February 28, 2015. Just two miles from downtown San Jose, the 18,000-seat, European-style Avaya Stadium features covered seating that holds in the sound and creates an energetic atmosphere for fans. This soccer-specific stadium offers exceptional sightlines from every angle. The stadium features 882 solar panels—enough to offset power use at regular-season games.
The principals of Wolff Urban Development purchased a significant ownership position in the Golden State Warriors professional basketball team in 1986. Wolff has extensive experience in professional sports team valuation and operations and arena and stadium feasibility analysis. The Warriors franchise and investment achieved tremendous success and the ownership interest was sold in 1994.
The principals of Wolff Urban Development purchased a significant ownership position in the St. Louis Blues professional hockey team in 1986. Wolff Urban Development was one of a group of many civic leaders who assembled to champion the construction of a new arena facility and to retain professional hockey in the St. Louis area. This interest was sold in 1990.
The principals of Wolff Urban Development purchased and later sold an ownership position in the Toronto SkyDome entertainment center in 1999. Built in 1989, the award winning SkyDome comprises a 60,000 seat state of the art stadium, a four star 346 room hotel, and six restaurant facilities. It was the first stadium with a retractable roof. The SkyDome is home to the Blue Jays MLB team and the Argonauts CFL team. (Passive Investment)
The principals of Wolff Urban Development owned a significant interest in the San Jose Missions Minor League Baseball team in 1980. The team was subsequently sold and became part of the San Francisco Giants farm system. The team was renamed to the San Jose Giants