This multipurpose stadium is used for both the Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders. Where the it could once hold a capacity of 50,000 people in 1968, the O.co Coliseum could now barely hold 35,000. Layers of upper level seating are blocked off, covered by tarps. The Athletics even refused to unravel the tarps for Oakland’s recent postseason series against the Detroit Tigers.
Everyone is fully aware of the hideous “cement block.” Yes, I am blaming Al Davis of the Raiders, who came back to Oakland and completely destroyed a beautiful ballpark. He put a giant cement block covering the beauty of the Oakland hills and from there, the Athletics dwindled. This block is now known as Mt. Davis.
The Athletics are in desperate need of a new stadium, which is not likely to happen anytime soon. Attendance is plummeting and can’t seem to get any worse. This is a serious problem for an upstart organization that has won the AL West two years in a row. Respectably, the A’s have been to the playoffs seven times since 2000.
I really believe the Oakland A’s have an underrated fan base. I remember growing up and attending the Barry Zito days. Listening to the beating of the drums in left field, there was a vibration throughout the Coliseum that everyone felt. The Moneyball era set the tone for the new Athletics coming together as a franchise.
A new stadium would give the Athletics a new identity and a sense of respect around the league. Oakland remains as the only MLB team to share their own ballpark. The pitiful Miami Marlins were last to split their stadium; come on Oakland, we are better than that.
Eventually the Athletics will make their way to a new stadium, a new beginning and a new start to build a solid franchise.