Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, California
Year Opened
1968

Current Team
Oakland Athletics

Affiliate
N/A

League
American League

Capacity
47,000

My Grades
Stadium B Atmosphere A- Concessions A

Photos taken in 2010 & 2005
Having not seen many good reviews of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, I was not expecting much on my first visit there in 2000. But I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by this park. Despite the fact that it is used by football as well, it really has a pretty good baseball feel to it. Only the large structure in the outfield (known as "Mt. Davis") really detracts from the park. Before this was built in the '90s, the view beyond the outfield fence must have been quite scenic. The park has a lot of foul territory, but you really don't notice it while watching the game. Maybe it's because of the gentle slope of the seats. This gentle slope causes the sightlines to be obscured somewhat. The main concourse is within view of the playing field, but fences have been erected at the back of each section to obscure the view. Not sure why they did this, but I assume this is to prevent people from standing around and watching the game. Though this seems odd since most parks encourage people to stand and take in the game from different vantage points. The main concourse features a multitude of concession stands with a great variety of food options - from burgers to Mexican to sausages to standard ballpark fare. Prices are about average for a Major League park. The ballpark is easily accessible from the freeway and has plenty of parking, though it is a bit pricey at $14. My first visit here in 2000 was on the last day of the season - the day the Athletics clinched the West Division. So the atmosphere was probably not like it normally is. The parking lots were full of tailgaters, and the park packed with screaming fans. This probably added to my enjoyment of the Coliseum, though I still think this park would be an enjoyable place to see a game on any given day. On a return visit in 2005, I found this very much to be true. Oakland fans really seem to be a passionate bunch.
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