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O.co Coliseum

Oakland, CA

Home of the Oakland Athletics

2.9

2.9

O.co Coliseum (map it)
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621


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Year Opened: 1966

Capacity: 35,067

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10 More Years?

There is no doubt that the A’s are the team most in need of a new ballpark. The question is, is their future any more clear than it was a year ago? How about more than five years ago when Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a “blue-ribbon committee” to address the issue? The answer has been eternally, no. Are they moving to San Jose anytime soon? No. Are they building in Oakland anytime soon? No. Instead they signed a new 10 year lease at O.co Coliseum.

That being said, the experience at the “Coli” is different than any other and can certainly make for a fun, baseball-centric day.

O.co Coliseum first opened its gates, as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, to the Oakland Raiders in 1966 and the Athletics in 1968 when they moved west from Kansas City.

The Coliseum is nothing more than a concrete monster, made popular in the 70s and 80s, and the only stadium that still operates for both NFL and MLB teams. When the Raiders moved back to Oakland from Los Angeles for the 1996 NFL season an extra set of luxury suites and deck of seats were installed in center field, blocking the previously viewable Oakland Hills. You could even see onto the field from the BART approach, a very cool feel. This has prompted the behemoth's nickname, Mount Davis (referencing the infamous late-Raiders owner). The Coliseum shares a parking lot with Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors.

Green tarps cover the third deck at the Coliseum in hopes of offering a more intimate atmosphere for those particularly quiet nights, dropping its capacity to 35,067. However, for big games like the Bay Bridge series against the Giants, or when the Red Sox and Yankees come to town, they still don’t remove the tarps to up the capacity. Many believe this is a way of keeping their average attendance low as even a dozen games of over 50,000 patrons would make a bit of a difference on the mean. Moreover, after several years out in the sun, the tarps are no longer the clean green color they once were as they have begun to fade.

In contrast to the perception of their ballpark, the Athletics are one of the most storied franchises in the history of professional baseball. Established in 1901, the A’s have won 9 World Series titles (5 in Philadelphia) in their history. Since Oakland, they have won the World Series 4 times, the American League Pennant 6 times and the AL Western Division 16 times.

For more than a decade, the A's brass have been looking for a new stadium in the Bay Area. There are conflicting viewpoints within the A’s fan base on where the team belongs plus the issues with Giants having the territorial rights to San Jose, a hotbed for corporate money.

It's clear that the blemishes of the A's venue is pronounced by the rise of beautiful ballparks across the nation over the last decade. In fact, before the Raiders moved back to Oakland, the Coliseum was a ballpark held in high esteem for its time. It is also clear that A's ownership has zero interest in making amenity upgrades in any way while they position themselves for a move to the Silicon Valley.

There is no doubt that the A's and their fans would benefit from a new park as the age of the facility and its dual purpose nature are starting to wear on fans and players alike. However, the Coliseum has a ton of historical significance beyond A’s success. The Raiders have won two of their three Super Bowls while calling the Coliseum home. Beyond that it has been the home to the Oakland Invaders (USFL), and the Oakland Clippers and Stompers of the NASL. Teenagers and young adults of the 70s and 80s will remember it as the home to the ”Days on the Green” concert series presented by famed San Francisco Bay Area promoter Bill Graham.

2.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

2014 was the first year that the Coliseum's concessions have been run by Ovation rather than Aramark. Generally speaking, the selection and quality has improved. I'm excited to see what the next several seasons offer as the new company gets settled into the venue.

One of the best new additions has been the craft beer stand in the West Side Club. Previously, I bemoaned the lack of craft options in such a beer-rich region. This stand has solved that issue. Beer here is only served in 22 ounce hard plastic souvenir cups for $11. The taps seem to rotate but local options include breweries Linden Street (Oakland, CA), Drake's (San Leandro, CA), Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA) and many others.

The nachos are one of the more popular items at the ballpark. You can go the standard nacho cheese and jalapeno route or dress it up with the delicious chicken nachos or the huge Kalua pork nachos ($9). I'm particularly a fan of the greasy garlic nachos ($6).

It's a bit of a transition time when it comes to the concessions. However, all the standbys are still at the Coliseum which include hot dogs, burgers, pizza and a BBQ stand. One of the newer stands is the deep-fried stand which includes bit-sized deep-fried versions of cheeseburgers, jalapeno poppers, and zucchini.

Concession workers work the seating areas as well. They sling hot dogs, corn dogs, sodas and snacks of all sorts. A popular item is Dibs ice cream, in part because of A's broadcaster Ray Fosse's affinity for them.

Atmosphere    3

Though it's outdated, it's still a Major League Baseball game with major league fans. The fans that turn out bleed Oakland green and gold and can bring their cheering up to a healthy roar when feeling optimistic. Sitting in the bleachers is an especially entertaining experience as many of these patrons are at the Coliseum day in and day out and have developed their own cheers and songs (similar to a supporter's section in soccer). The one bummer about sitting in the bleachers is that much of the outfield is obstructed from view. Fans who may be on a budget have to sit out there instead of the inexpensive seats under the tarps in the 300 section, a much better view. Pricing out the fans, another strike for the tarps.

I'm not sure if it's a product of the acoustics or the fans themselves but the Coliseum is one of the rowdiest atmospheres in baseball.

A major plus for attending an A's game is that is one of the few places in MLB to have a truly legit tailgate experience. For weekend games especially, you'll think that it could be an NFL game which outside of Milwaukee, is quite unique.

The Coliseum is one of those cookie-cutter stadiums. Its 3 levels stretch from foul pole to foul pole and mirror each other on either side. The dimensions are the same in left as in right, the same in left-center as right-center. Center field is a nice, round 400 ft.

Particularly weathered portions of the stadium are eyesores and have no place in a professional building. They use awful screens for replays and outdated and almost comical graphics on "Diamond Vision."

The gray cement structure makes walking around behind the outfield bleachers feel like the halls of a prison with no natural lighting for your path. There are parts of the Coliseum that can be downright eerie for those not used to its "character."

Still you can't beat a beautiful day out in the bleachers. It doesn't often get up over 90 degrees in the Bay Area so you can certainly be comfortable even on the hottest of days. You can count on an extra 10 degrees at the Coliseum over AT&T Park daily.

Neighborhood    1

Just like Oracle Arena, the Coliseum suffers from a nearly vacant immediate neighborhood. Old warehouses line the streets surrounding three sides of the complex and a freeway, the other. There is no panoramic view to enjoy and the only energy given is from the colorful characters in the parking lot. In fact, the parking lot prior to the game would be the best place to enjoy the "neighborhood" as lots of people are in high spirits.

There are no legitimate bars or restaurants in the immediate area, convenient for meeting up, and walking to the game. However, because of the convenient access to the complex and the fact that Oakland is a big city with big city dining choices, eating before arriving to the neighborhood is a reasonable option.

Within a few miles, Oakland has a few neighborhoods worth checking out if you have time for dinner. Downtown, Temescal, Lakeshore and Rockridge are the hot dining areas. You're also near the beautiful Lake Merritt if you're up for a stroll.

Francesco's is on the other side of the 880 freeway, between the Coliseum complex and the Oakland Airport. It serves well-priced and delicious Italian food in very nice portions.

The majority of the rest of the options are of fast food variety. You can find a greasy burger or cup of coffee with no problem.

If local craft beer is your thing, Ale Industries is about 2.5 miles north on San Leandro St. It is located in the predominately Hispanic neighborhood so you can definitely track down some excellent taqueria food.

Fans    3

A's fans are passionate, engaged, boisterous and eclectic. Though lacking in beauty, the Coliseum does not lack energy. I can say that even when only half the seats are filled. For sellouts, which happen about a dozen times or more a year, it is an absolute party.

The best place by far to engage with these knowledgeable and passionate fans is in the parking lot before the games as their jovial parties are scattered everywhere. The parking lot can become a neighborhood in and of itself and is the perfect place to prepare for the game.

These fans truly are passionate and knowledgeable and are deserving of a better fate. More butts in the seats would prompt a higher score from me, but the inconsistency of quantifiable support is too overwhelming.

The fans have become increasingly disenchanted with A's ownership over the years as many have felt disrespected by them seeking greener pastures. So what's the answer to that? Go to the game to prove them wrong? Or is that just lining the pockets of the owners that have no intent of staying while they continue to collect revenue sharing checks? I certainly understand the predicament.

One of the more refreshing things about Oakland fans in general, and A's fans in particular, is that there are no gimmicks. They're there for the game. This score would certainly be influenced by an additional 5-10,000 casual fans but there is something special about the experience being so game-focused.

Access    4

It's my belief that the Coliseum complex is the most convenient large-scale stadium or arena to get to in all of Northern California.

The most convenient way to get to the stadium is by taking BART which stretches over much of the Bay Area. The Coliseum/Airport Station is right on the other side of San Leandro Street accessible by the pedestrian overpass. Other public transportation options are AC Transit buses and Amtrak trains, both with stops for the Coliseum. In addition, there is now a direct train specific for taking passengers to and from the airport and Coliseum.

If you're taking your car (convenient for tailgating) you can get off of I-880 at either Hegenberger or 66th and fork over your $20 (with one exception below) to park in the parking lot.

With the Oakland ballclub playing well the last several years, attendance has had a bit of an uptick, including several sellouts. Naturally, the solution is to NOT staff all of the concession stands around the concourse. This can create some significant traffic since more fans are going to fewer stands. If you're sitting in the 200 level, I'd recommend going to the upper concourse when using the restroom as there is less traffic up there. But also fewer concessions available.

Like at Oracle Arena, the only access issues are once you enter the venue. With tight walkways and a lack of staffed concession stands, the experience can be a tad claustrophobic.

Return on Investment    4

Though the overall experience isn't that of a top notch MLB ballpark, you can't beat the deal to get in the door. Tickets start at just $13 and those seats are only $2 on most Wednesdays! The view from the Plaza Reserved section isn't great when sitting in fair territory as some of the outfielders aren't visible from your seat (you can thank football for that). However, they have expanded the $2 seating on Wednesdays and you can get a much nicer seat near the foul pole for the same price.

The A's have started to do more dynamic in recent years. While bleacher tickets start at $13 for weeknight games against non-rivals, they can get up well over $20 for big games. As supply goes down, demand goes up. And so too does the pricing.

The crown jewel of Return on Investment has to be the free parking on Tuesdays. It is available for every Tuesday game when there isn't a simultaneous event at Oracle Arena.

Extras    2

There's certainly some history here, both baseball and football. Championship banners (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1989) fly alongside the flags of the United States and California. A few retired numbers (9-Reggie Jackson, 24-Rickey Henderson, 27-Jim "Catfish" Hunter, 34-Rollie Fingers, 43-Dennis Eckersley) allow fans to reminisce about the good ol' days. They steer away from most cheesy gimmicks because if they were to rely anymore on their mascot Stomper, it would just be depressing.

One of the things A's fans are particularly proud of is the history of great announcers they've had. Bill King, a very underrated announcer, is immortalized by the "Holy Toledo" plaque above the announcer's booth. He's a point of pride for the East Bay as he was the radio announcer for championships for all 3 Oakland franchises, including the only one in the Warriors' west coast history.

There is also a promenade between the two buildings with championship plaques of all three teams that currently play at the complex.

The A's also do a sort of "legends" race where mascots of Henderson, Fingers and Eckersley race across the field.

Final Thoughts

I often think about the consistency of the A's franchise. The team seems to play well in every decade under any circumstances. This consistency stretches to their home in that you know it'll never be pretty but you'll always have a fun time.

Do They Know the Way to San Jose?

Will the A's move to San Jose, or are there other options that would keep them in Oakland, but deliver them the new park that they need?

by paul | Jun 07, 2011 12:47 PM

O.Co Coliseum

As ridiculous as Overstock.com Coliseum sounds, the company just released news that they're going to now call it "O.Co Coliseum". I feel bad for these fans, especially since there seems to be diehards out there.

by shamus170 | Jun 08, 2011 01:47 PM

RE: Do They Know the Way to San Jose?

The truth is Oakland is probably the more viable option since they've put together several plans and the Giants own the rights to San Jose. The city of Oakland has tried to convince the owners to simply listen to them and they refuse, stating there are no viable options in the East Bay. They want to move to San Jose and won't put a legitimate team on the field until they do so. Lew Wolff who also owns the Earthquakes is from there and will do anything to bring the A's to the Silicon Valley. As a fan it's particularly brutal since they alienate the fans as much as possible and then blame them for having to move. The A's have never drawn a ton of fans but attendance has dropped steadily since the Fisher-Wolff regime took over. At the end of the day a move to San Jose, though I don't believe it's necessary, would at least keep the A's in the Bay Area and that's what's important.

by ryannorris | Jun 08, 2011 04:32 PM

100% Baseball

Although the stadium itself is not much to write home about, the baseball experience - really baseball - matches few other MLB stadiums I've attended.

It was all about the game, which I found refreshing.

by megminard | Jun 10, 2011 09:24 PM

Enough is Enough

I wish they would stop re-naming this hunk of junk, and just tear it down already. There are really very few MLB teams left that truly NEED a new stadium, but this is definitely one of them.

by paul | Jul 25, 2011 06:26 PM

Naming Rights

I just read that overstock is paying only $7 million over the course of 6 years for the naming rights to the coliseum! Aren't these sponsorship deals multi-million-dollar transactions? This is for just over $1 million a year! Why bother even changing the name for the price of a 35-year-old shortstop? It just sounds bush league.

by ryannorris | Aug 04, 2011 11:26 PM

NAME?

Why is everyone so worried about the name of the stadium? It's the Coliseum! If someone wants to dump a few million in to put their name on the old place, let them. It's still The Coliseum.

I went back for my second time Sunday. Everything about it tells you it's a DUMP BUT, I still love watching a game there?!?! You arrive from AirBart at the Awful looking Bart terminal, walk across the bridge to be met with razor wire, buy your ticket to looks like a Prison, walk into a tarp covered upper deck...the marine layer is still covering the area and it looks MORE drab then can be imagined. OK, so, I bought my $12 ticket for the third deck, $6 food voucher for the over priced food and I'm all set.

I buy my dog and coke, walk out and the SUN comes out, the game is starting and the Fans are already yelling at the players! The MUSIC is great, Sound system is GREAT, the game is GREAT. The Fans are GREAT, good ones and bad ones, they're INTO IT!

Stadium is a PIT but it was a GREAT experience. I would rather go to a game like that then a Dbacks game. It was FUN and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Fans voiced their opinions ......

Hey Oakland, ENJOY YOUR TEAM. They put on a good show.

by Dbacker | Aug 07, 2012 09:56 AM

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Crowd Reviews

O.co Coliseum & the Oakland Athletics

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 1

The newly named O.co Coliseum is a multi-purpose facility in Oakland, California and the home of the Oakland Athletics. It first opened its gates to the Oakland Raiders in 1966 and the Athletics in 1968 when they moved west from Kansas City.

Occasionally referred to as The Mausoleum, this gargantuan concrete monster is one of only two stadiums that still operate for both NFL and MLB teams. When the Raiders moved back to Oakland from Los Angeles for the 1996 NFL season an extra set of luxury suites and deck of seats were installed in center field, blocking the previously viewable Oakland Hills. This has prompted the behemoth's nickname, Mount Davis (referencing the infamous Raiders owner) to be uttered in many circles.

The ironically named O.co Coliseum shares a parking lot with Oracle Arena , home of the Golden State Warriors. Like the Warriors, the A's draw about 17,000 spectators consistently. Unlike the Warriors though, they only fill half the available seats. Green tarps cover the third deck at The Coliseum in hopes to offer a more intimate atmosphere for those particularly quiet nights, dropping its capacity to 35,067.

For more than a decade, the A's brass have been looking for a new stadium in the Bay Area. Recently they've commented on how signing potential free agents is difficult because of the outdated ballpark and the amenities provided. Visiting players consistently rank the clubhouses as some of the worst in baseball.

There is no doubt that the A's and their fans would benefit from a new park as the age of the facility and its dual purpose nature are starting to wear on fans and players alike.

Review of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Total Score: 2.71

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 0

The Overstock.com Coliseum opened in 1966. It became home to the Athletics in 1968 following the franchise's move from Kansas City to Oakland. Designed as a multi-use facility, the Coliseum has, for most of its years, served as home to both the A's and the NFL's Oakland Raiders. (The Oracle Arena, home to the Golden State Warriors, sits right next door.)

A 1995 renovation, spurred by the Raiders return from Los Angeles, added over 20,000 seats. The addition, nicknamed Mount Davis for Raiders owner Al Davis, completely enclosed the field, shutting the stadium off from what used to be a beautiful view of the Oakland hills. In doing so, the last gasp of charm was squeezed out of this aging, yet purposeful ballpark.

Fans Deserve Better

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

I'm from Utah, but have some family and friends in NorCal, so I've seen the A's quite a bit for a non-native. (I'm pretty sure the place has had a different name each time I've been.)

Whenever I go, the pricing and the weather are sensational, but my spirits sink when I see "Mount Davis" dominating the area behind the fences. The organization has done the best it can to deal with it (e.g. retired numbers) but the enclosed-ness of the place is a downer.

I really feel for the die-hards who endured the transition from the wide-open view to the current set-up. Their perseverance ought to be commended. It's too bad the team will probably have to leave Oakland to get the park it wants.

No Wonder Fans Don't Care

Total Score: 2.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 2

As an outsider visiting the Oakland Coliseum (I refuse to call it the O.co Coliseum), I was sorely disappointed by what is clearly an outdated stadium from an era that ballpark builders need to forget. Most of those 1960s-era cookie cutters (Shea Stadium, the Vet) are long-gone, replaced by modern ballparks designed to appeal to both the baseball purist as well as the casual fan. I took the BART to get to the stadium, but it was still an hour-long trip from San Francisco on a rickety train. I highly recommend not using Will Call if you take the train--you have to walk entirely around the stadium, which is not exactly a fun walk right after you've been standing on a noisy, smelly train for an hour. The food wasn't too bad, but there was absolutely nothing around the ballpark (or inside the ballpark) worth seeing or doing other than the action on the field. And, while I admire Billy Beane and his "Moneyball" tactics, they don't exactly make for the most exciting on-field product. Long story short, the Coliseum is very similar to the Athletics product on the field--not too bad looking from the outside, but sorely lacking and in need of a major facelift once you get to know it.

The Coliseum

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

The O.co Coliseum is a multi-purpose facility in Oakland, California and the home of the Oakland Athletics. It first opened its gates, as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, to the Oakland Raiders in 1966 and the Athletics in 1968 when they moved west from Kansas City.

Occasionally referred to as The Mausoleum, this gargantuan concrete monster, made popular in the 70s and 80s, is the only stadium that still operates for both NFL and MLB teams. When the Raiders moved back to Oakland from Los Angeles for the 1996 NFL season an extra set of luxury suites and deck of seats were installed in center field, blocking the previously viewable Oakland Hills. You could even see on to the field from the BART approach, a very cool feel. This has prompted the behemoth's nickname, Mount Davis (referencing the infamous late-Raiders owner) to be uttered in many circles.

The Coliseum shares a parking lot with Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors. Like the Warriors, the A's draw about 17,000 spectators consistently. Unlike the Warriors though, they only fill half the available seats. Green tarps cover the third deck at The Coliseum in hopes to offer a more intimate atmosphere for those particularly quiet nights, dropping its capacity to 35,067. However, for big games like the Bay Bridge series against the Giants, or when the Red Sox and Yankees come to town, they still don’t remove the tarps to up the capacity. Many believe this is a way of keeping their average attendance low as even a half dozen games of over 50,000 patrons would make a bit of a difference on the mean.

For more than a decade, the A's brass have been looking for a new stadium in the Bay Area. Recently they've commented on how signing potential free agents is difficult because of the outdated ballpark and the amenities provided. Visiting players consistently rank the clubhouses as some of the worst in baseball. Recently former A’s second baseman Mark Ellis noted that none of the Dodgers players enjoy their time in Oakland. This is perhaps two-fold as Los Angeles was swept by Oakland in late June.

There is no doubt that the A's and their fans would benefit from a new park as the age of the facility and its dual purpose nature are starting to wear on fans and players alike. However, the Coliseum has a ton of historical significance as the Raiders have won two of their three Super Bowls and the A’s four World Series’ while calling the Coliseum home. Beyond that it has been the home to the Oakland Invaders (USFL), and the Oakland Clippers and Stompers of the NASL. Teenagers and young adults of the 70s and 80s will remember it as the home to the “Days on the Green” concert series presented by famed San Francisco Bay Area promoter Bill Graham.

Do you know the way to San Jose?

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

The Coliseum is the fourth oldest ballpark in the majors and one of two remaining stadiums that is also used for football (Rogers Centre is the other). The Coliseum has gone through several name changes in the past decade, but the locals have always referred to it as The Coliseum.

It is located just east of I-880 and has several large parking lots surrounding it along with Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors. Parking for A's games is $17 (except on Tuesdays when it's free). There is also a BART station that provides easy access on public transit. Tailgating is allowed here and many fans take advantage, with some arriving for day games over two hours in advance. The parking lot also houses the extra seats that are used when the Raiders play.

There is nothing of interest around the stadium other than a small planter near the Westside Club that commemorates the history of all three franchises that call Oakland home.

Tickets are reasonably priced. I recommend the Value Deck seats as they include $6 worth of food. A Saag's sausage is $5.75 which fits nicely with this promotion and if you sign up for the designated driver program to get a free pop, you don't need to buy a drink. So you can see the game and have a meal for $12, assuming you don't park. The Value Deck seats are located in the third deck. Of course, you don't have to sit there, you can move freely about the stadium, although ushers do check your tickets on occasion.

The Coliseum has the lowest capacity in all of MLB as they have blocked off almost all the seating in the upper deck using tarps. One advantage of these coverings is that they can put retired numbers and World Series championship years on them to at least make them slightly less ugly.

There are two concourses, both of which are fairly drab. On the second level, you will find the Westside Club which includes a full-service restaurant and bar behind sections 212-214. It was fairly empty before the game, but then again so was much of the stadium.

The lower concourse is where most of the food is, there is even an Irish Pub near section 120 (ironically, right next to the designated driver sign-up booth). Not a lot of variety in the food; I thought the Saag's sausage selection was the best value for the money, although the garlic fries were also very tempting.

Some of the lower deck seating is covered by the deck above. It gets very chilly here at night, so better to sit lower where you are in the lights. Generally avoid rows 31 and above in any of the 100 level sections down the baselines.

You probably know that the foul area is the biggest in the majors. On several occasions over the weekend I attended, foul balls that would be souvenirs in other ballparks were easy outs here.

There are two identical scoreboards at opposite ends of the stadium, essentially above the foul poles but really marking the end zones when the football stadium is in use. Each scoreboard consists of a dot matrix display and a digital scoreboard. Not fancy, but gets the job done.

Overall, The Coliseum is clearly not one of baseball's finest facilities. It is ancient, somewhat worn down, and offers few amenities, like working locker rooms. But now that nearly every other park is new/retro with more and more distractions, it is refreshing to return to an old-time experience. The fans here are real and know the game. I enjoyed my weekend here (I didn't have to park though, so saved $34 that way). With the A's perhaps bound for San Jose, your chances to see O.Co for baseball might be limited, so drop by if you can.

Surprising Experience

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Date of visit: Wednesday, July 4, 2013 vs. Chicago Cubs (3-1 loss)

One of the worst experiences in MLB. Getting here was horrible (BART rapid transit from San Francisco was on strike) There is nothing around the area save for a few gas stations and a couple of chain restaurants. Driving down I-880 may have shown more graffiti per square mile than anywhere in the world!

The Coliseum is aging. The halls were crowded and the sightlines in places are pretty bad. However, they do what they can to dress the place up and there is green and gold everywhere. An awesome promotion this day allowed fans to watch the firework show from the field. Possibly the best fireworks show I've ever seen.

What was surprising, was how awesome the fans were. They are loud and into every pitch. Originally I thought MLB would be better off moving this team to make a second team in Tampa, but after experiencing it, the fans definitely deserve a better park!

After all of this

True Baseball Fans

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 2

When I last visited Oakland in 2011, the A's were not exactly setting the baseball world on fire. As such, the crowd was small and the atmosphere somewhat lacking. However, I found the fans friendly, knowledgeable and passionate. Prices were comparatively cheap, which made for great seats without breaking the bank. The food was average, although it was Free Hot Dog Thursday! The experience really was no-frills, but as an international visitor I found it fascinating to see MLB in that context. I’d definitely go back to the Coliseum next time I’m in the States, but by then I hope for the sake of the fans and the team they have a new stadium – either in Oakland or San Jose.

The Last of the Dual Purpose Stadiums

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

O.co Coliseum as currently constructed is perhaps the least visually appealing ballpark in Major League Baesball. The tarp on almost half the seating capacity and the issues with plumbing may make one wonder how a big league franchise, and a good one at that, can play their home games there. That being said, the experience at the “Coli” is different than any other and can certainly make for a fun, baseball-centric day.

O.co Coliseum is a multi-purpose facility in Oakland, California and the home of the Oakland Athletics. It first opened its gates, as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, to the Oakland Raiders in 1966 and the Athletics in 1968 when they moved west from Kansas City.

The Coliseum is nothing more than a concrete monster, made popular in the 70s and 80s, and the only stadium that still operates for both NFL and MLB teams. When the Raiders moved back to Oakland from Los Angeles for the 1996 NFL season an extra set of luxury suites and deck of seats were installed in center field, blocking the previously viewable Oakland Hills. You could even see onto the field from the BART approach, a very cool feel. This has prompted the behemoth's nickname, Mount Davis (referencing the infamous late-Raiders owner). The Coliseum shares a parking lot with Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors.

Green tarps cover the third deck at the Coliseum in hopes of offering a more intimate atmosphere for those particularly quiet nights, dropping its capacity to 35,067. However, for big games like the Bay Bridge series against the Giants, or when the Red Sox and Yankees come to town, they still don’t remove the tarps to up the capacity. Many believe this is a way of keeping their average attendance low as even a half dozen games of over 50,000 patrons would make a bit of a difference on the mean. Moreover, after several years out in the sun, the tarps are no longer the clean green color they once were as they have begun to fade.

For more than a decade, the A's brass have been looking for a new stadium in the Bay Area. There are conflicting viewpoints within the A’s fan base on where the team belongs plus the issues with Giants having the territorial rights to San Jose, a hotbed for corporate money.

It's clear that the blemishes of the A's venue is pronounced by the rise of beautiful ballparks across the nation over the last decade. In fact, before the Raiders moved back to Oakland, the Coliseum was a ballpark held in high esteem for its time. It is also clear that A's ownership has zero interest in making amenity upgrades in any way while they position themselves for a move to the Silicon Valley.

There is no doubt that the A's and their fans would benefit from a new park as the age of the facility and its dual purpose nature are starting to wear on fans and players alike. However, the Coliseum has a ton of historical significance as the Raiders have won two of their three Super Bowls and the A’s four World Series’ while calling the Coliseum home. Beyond that it has been the home to the Oakland Invaders (USFL), and the Oakland Clippers and Stompers of the NASL. Teenagers and young adults of the 70s and 80s will remember it as the home to the “Days on the Green” concert series presented by famed San Francisco Bay Area promoter Bill Graham.

Meh

Total Score: 2.43

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 1

The fans are definitely some of the most passionate MLB fans that I've seen in person, but everything else is just not so great. Was interesting that there was no sign of the Raiders' existence with the exception of one ad board. Was definitely not expecting to see it almost exclusively A's, especially in late September.

Not meant for looks, but amazing nonetheless

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

O.co Coliseum is one of the oldest ballparks in the MLB today, and, well, it looks like one. But it's still amazing. The fans are THE best in baseball, the tickets are crazy cheap (tickets go as low as $2), and most of the food is good.

BART makes it simple to make the game, even if you can't/don't drive. A small fee gets you there quickly. The fans, the loudness, the intimate feeling of the ballgame, it's like you're playing. The neighborhood is pretty wack and there's no good places to eat (other than a couple bars), however. But, eating in the coliseum is no problem. They have a nice variety of foods (hot dogs, pizza, other ballpark food) and reasonable prices. You won't have to pay $5 for a water. All in all, this is my favorite ballpark to go to, and I've been to many ballparks, MLB, MiLB, college, etc.

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