Chronological Tour: Stop 128

The Coliseum

The exterior of the Oakland Coliseum, Aug-2009.

Looking down from halfway up “Mount Davis” in center field.

The view from directly behind home plate, which used to be of the hills but is now mainly of the football stand.

Quick Facts: Rating: 2 baseballs
There were those who said this was one of the nicer parks around, at one time. By the time I got to this place, though, the football Raiders had moved back in and caused the outfield to be filled in with a bank of prime football seats which destroyed the view from home plate. On the day I attended, for a fireworks night against the cross-bay San Francisco Giants, the football stands were opened and the attendance was close to 55,000, a rarity. For most baseball games, the majority of the upper deck is covered by a tarp.

What saves the Coliseum (which has had several naming rights sponsors in the last few years) are two things: grass, which is particularly important for a multi-purpose facility, and the perception that yes, this was a special place at one time. After all, there was some history here, particularly in the early 1970s, when the Athletics won three straight World Series. Unfortunately, upon my return trip in August 2009, the Raiders had already played a preseason game, and parts of the outfield grass which had been covered by football stands had turned yellow.

The Athletics had been about moving their act down the freeway a few miles, to Fremont, near San Jose, leaving the Coliseum to the Raiders. However, that proposal was officially terminated in early 2009, leaving the ultimate fate of the Athletics in doubt.

Game # Date League Level Result
288 Mon 1-Sep-1997 American * MLB San Francisco 8, OAKLAND 2
1012 Fri 14-Aug-2009 American MLB Chi White Sox 8, OAKLAND 7, 10 inn
* Interleague play.
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