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Oakland Alameda Coliseum

Oakland, CA

Home of the Oakland Athletics

2.4

2.9

Oakland Alameda Coliseum (map it)
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621


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Year Opened: 1966

Capacity: 35,067

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Sitting On the Dock of the Bay

From 1901 until 1954 the Athletics or as they are better known, the A’s resided in the City of Brotherly Love where the Declaration of Independence was scribed. In 1955 they packed up their bags and headed west taking a 12 year hiatus in Kansas City before landing for good in Oakland, CA in 1968. For 48 years they have made their home in the Oakland Coliseum with current naming rights belonging to O.co. The Coliseum for baseball, seats approximately 35,000 with most of the top level covered in giant tarps as to give the venue a cozier atmosphere. The Coliseum is the last remaining dual sport stadium also serving as home to the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. For football games, the tarps are removed and fans not only occupy those seats and portable bleachers, they nestle into what is called Mount Davis which rests above the center field area when it is baseball season. Mount Davis is an eye sore of a monstrosity that was constructed as part of the plan that brought the Raiders back to Oakland after a decade down in Los Angeles.

For football games the seating capacity is around 55,000. Prior to the construction of Mount Davis, locals will say the stadium was spectacular and had great views of the Oakland Hills. Since Mount Davis, the stadium does not get high marks for layout and aesthetics. The seating is comfortable and roomy enough and each seat back has a cup holder.

There has been chatter for the last 20 years that the A’s will move to another area of the Bay or altogether out of the state. The A’s and the Coliseum are clearly the redheaded stepchildren when compared to the Bay Area’s beloved Giants and the spectacular AT&T Park across the Bay. The park, aside from its dual purpose is known to have some of the widest out of bounds areas behind the first and third baselines. In recent years, the Coliseum has been better known for its club house commodes overflowing throughout the bowels of the stadium. As you can see people have had word fun with these crappy circumstances. Nonetheless, the A’s have a smaller but extremely loyal following of residents mostly from the East Bay. I personally love going to games at the Coliseum because it is more convenient, cheaper and intimate than many of the newer, bigger stadiums in the league.

The A's play in the American League West and have made quite a name for themselves since coming to Oakland. In the early years under the helm of Manager Dick Williams and colorful owner Charlie Finley with superstars Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers, Catfish Hunter and Vida Blue, the A's won three straight World Series. Later, they played a style deemed "Billy Ball" after their fiery Manager Billy Martin. The next era saw the Bash Brothers of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco along with Rickey Henderson bring home another title and usher in the steroid era. For the past two decades, the team under General Manager Billy Beane has made popular the term "Money Ball" and has even had a movie named after it. Popular players such as Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder have graced the confines of the Coliseum. The A's periodically will build up a competitive roster and make a playoff run but for Mr. Beane they have not brought a Series to the Coliseum. The joke has been that they are merely a farm team for the contenders in the AL East most years as they will trade away stars and build for the future. Thus the fans that stay loyal are constantly put to the test.

2.4

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

The Coliseum has an adequate assortment of food and refreshments. There are the typical refreshment windows with items such as hot dogs, popcorn and peanuts throughout the stadium. Additionally BBQ and Saags sausage concession area stands can be found on the lower level. The Sweet Italian with onions and peppers along with a cold beer and a bag of peanuts is my "go to" meal at the Coliseum. The concourse is not very wide so concession lines can make getting around a close up and personal experience. A number of different beer stands occupy the concourse area as well. There is an indoor club level up above the backstop area that has an outstanding bar and great views of the field below. The VIP section right behind home plate will spoil you with the service that is provided by attendants throughout the game. There are plenty of food and beverage vendors walking up and down the steps delivering almost anything you want.

Atmosphere    2

The A's fan base in down years tends to shrink and it grows somewhat during the up years but still not at the level of even the bad teams that the Giants across the Bay will field periodically. Nonetheless, there is a very loyal core of fans that will root their beloved A's on throughout the season. Most home games you will see a group that sits above the right or left field wall and they hang banners and beat on food grade 5 gallon buckets with drum sticks. They tend to be the unofficial cheer squad for the rest of the fans and keep the patrons engaged. With average attendance in the low 20s and high teens most games, it's hard to get that crazy stadium feel. When the Yankees or Red Sox come to town you would think the A's are the away team. Between innings you will be entertained by races and shell games on the jumbotron along with a field race of the big heads of Rollie Finger, Rickey Henderson and Catfish Hunter.

Neighborhood    1

One does not go to the Oakland Coliseum for anything other than a game. The surrounding neighborhood is not conducive to clubbing and pubbing but more like mugging and drugging. The Oakland airport is less than a five minute drive away and there is not much else that I can speak of in the area. Go to the game and go home right after.

I can't recommend any establishments within a stone's throw of the Coliseum. You can head into downtown Oakland during the day for decent chinese food in the Chinatown district.

Jack London Square and the USS Hornet aircraft carrier are within a ten minute drive of the Coliseum. Jack London has a little history museum and a slough of restaurants and shops. The Hornet has tremendous history and it is one of my favorite tourist attraction in the Bay Area.

There are a number of chain hotels right by the Oakland airport if you are only coming for baseball. I would recommend staying across the Bay in San Francisco if you are coming for the whole Bay Area experience.

Fans    3

While few in number in a small venue, the A's fans are actually quite passionate. Tailgating and singing/chanting are common sites at A's games, which is something that can't be said for all major league parks. The large lot outside the stadium will be full of tailgaters waving flags and sporting green and yellow.

Unfortunately, A's fans typically rank very low in attendance. Currently, the A's rank 25 out of 30 MLB teams in attendance which paints a picture beyond their passionate fan base. This is more likely due to the lack of external support resulting from the poor stadium and location. The hardcore A's fans turn out in their numbers consistently, but it's hard to draw the casual fan to the Coliseum when the Giants have their shiny new ballpark across the Bay.

But that doesn't discourage the green and yellow masses from doing their best to make it a spectacle. The outfield bleachers will be packed with these throngs of fans making noise, cheering, booing, singing and whatever else they can do to get into the game. They embrace their small market reputation and wear it as a badge, even with potentially uncertain future on where their team will end up.

Access    3

If you are driving from 880 you can exit at Hegenberger or 66th Avenue and park on either side of the stadium. From 580 north take the 98th Street to Hegenberger. Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, is on the same property and shares the parking areas. Parking is usually $25. For public transportation, BART drops you off right behind the stadium at the Coliseum station and you take a foot bridge over to the stadium. Oakland locals can take back roads from the east and north and avoid 880 altogether.

There are two main entrances to the stadium, one behind home plate and one behind left field. There is also an entrance from the footbridge if you are coming from BART. Getting in is usually a snap.

The main concourses are tight, so when attendance is up it can be difficult to maneuver around.

Return on Investment    3

I give the ROI high marks because an outing to an A's game costs about half of what a Giants game does when all's said and done. Ticket prices can be as low as $5 for "rapid deal day" games all the way up to $225 for exclusive seating. Concessions tend to be reasonably priced and there are many promotional giveaway games to satisfy collectors, fanatics and people that just like free stuff.

Extras    2

The A's mascot for the last 19 seasons is an elephant named Stomper. Kids and adults alike love to get their "selfies" taken with him these days. In my 20 years since moving to California, the Coliseum has had more name changes than Liz Taylor in her lifetime. This is why most of us simply refer to it as the Coliseum as we don't want to get used to a name that will disappear in the next season or two.

Final Thoughts

The A's cater to the family more so than Corporate America which is refreshing in modern sports. While the stadium does not win many beauty contests it is still unique in its own way and provides a decent setting for a good time. You will see many youth groups throughout the summer enjoying perhaps their first baseball game. When the A's win, fans are treated to the song "Celebrate" as the players go through the "high-five line." I find myself singing it on the way home most of the time.

Dan's extras - For collectors of game day programs, I give the A's a B+ here. Ticket stubs are okay as well. Bring your sunscreen for day games and hydrate well as most seats will get direct sun throughout the entire game.

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

The dog liked it

The good news is that I don't feel awkward bringing my dog to this stadium on the annual dog day. Given that the visitors' locker room occasionally fills with sewage, what is the worst that could happen? I enjoy the A's and the team does what it can with the stadium, but hopefully soon it will be listed only in the NFL section. These guys deserve an actual baseball park. Having seen all 30, it is hands down the worst of the lot.

by sjc_giant | Jul 10, 2015 01:11 PM

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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.

10 More Years?

Total Score: 2.86

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

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.

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.

An Oakland Relic

Total Score: 2.71

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

It's easy to forget that the Athletics brand is one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball. With time on its side, you could argue that it's one of the most famous brands in all of sports. With 9 World Series titles dating back to the Connie Mack days in Philadelphia and boasting some all time baseball legends in their history, the A's were once a rock of baseball success and stability.

Fast forward to present day, and the A's are considered a small market team in desperate need of a new stadium. Easy to overlook in today's MLB and even in the Bay Area where the nearby Giants have dominated the scene as of late, very few seem to remember the glory of the A's past.

In that regard, O.co Coliseum is a perfect representation of the Oakland Athletics franchise. The once proud ballpark is now dilapidated and rests in a less than savory part of town. Green tarps cover up a huge section of seats that are generally unfilled to lower the capacity of the park. What once was for the Athletics franchise and O.co Coliseum alike seems a distant memory.

O.co opened in 1966 as home to the Oakland Raiders of the NFL, a team that has followed a similar trajectory of storied success to down on their luck disgrace. In 1968, the Athletics moved from Kansas City to occupy the beautiful new ballpark. The A's were promptly met with success, winning 3 straight World Series titles starting in 1972. Since then the stadium has seen tenants come and go (or go and come back if you're talking about the Raiders), including random San Jose Earthquakes games, numerous concerts, all-star games and massive events. Through all of it's history and numerous formal name changes, to locals it has simply been known as the Coliseum.

If You Like Concrete, You Will LOVE This Park

Total Score: 2.71

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

The Coliseum.........save for the one in Rome, when you say it in the U.S. you know what you are talking about. However, unlike the one in Rome, this is definitely not a landmark of any kind. Of course if you are stadium chaser, it is a must, but you must be a die-hard fan. Plenty of flaws are with this place from the excessive use of concrete cement making the place look a tad ugly, to the bathroom issues, to major sightline issues, it is without question the worst ballpark in the Majors, well behind Tampa Bay, which many consider that the worst park.

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Limited in variety, but you do have barbecue options, some different choices of hot dogs, nachos, and even a teriyaki bowl. They have a good bit of beverage selections as well. The food is tasty, such as the chicken nachos and the teriyaki bowl if you do like to eat healthy so this is one of the better things at this ballpark.

ATMOSPHERE: I will say this about Oakland: all you pretty much get here is baseball. And also, they have one of the best tailgating scenes around before the game. The fans create a great baseball atmosphere here and that is something to be said.

NEIGHBORHOOD: What neighborhood? Nothing is around.

FANS: They are a good group. They are incredibly supportive and again for a park that is massive for baseball standards, it makes you feel somewhat homely though it might not be a large crowd. They are pretty friendly as well.

ACCESS: Anywhere in the Bay Area in terms of driving on your own is bad. Most say taking the BART is a far better idea. Probably should have done that. That said, it is off the interstate and not too bad to get to if you manage to handle the traffic around the area. Parking is plentiful but expensive at $20.

ROI: Yeesh. Ticket prices are middle-of-the pack, but foods are pretty high and forget souvenirs. They are some of the highest around in baseball.

EXTRAS: I guess maybe the defining feature is the light towers of the ballpark. I can't think of much else. Maybe the grass looks greener than other spots and the employees were nice? Even the new upgraded scoreboard was a stinker. They showed no individual statistics for the players save for what they did during the game, and it was just a disappointment in how they did it.

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