The Oakland Athletics have been playing baseball at Oakland Coliseum in California since April 17, 1968. The seating capacity of this facility has fluctuated over the years, but it has been steady at 35,067 for baseball since 2008. See the Oakland Coliseum seating chart for further information about the seats for an A’s baseball game.
One of the unusual things about the Oakland Coliseum is that the seats are very far from the first and third base lines. This creates an exceptional amount of foul territory, and gives fielders a good chance of catching foul balls. Baseball analysts believe that the inordinate amount of foul territory makes the Coliseum a pitcher’s ballpark, and may be responsible for taking a few points off the hitters’ batting averages.
In April 1997, the Oakland Athletics official mascot Stomper made his first appearance at the Coliseum. This very lovable elephant has become a big hit with the fans, and at certain home games, fans who make arrangements in advance can have Stomper visit them in their seats. Stomper is also available for appearances at private parties and other social gatherings that take place away from the ballpark.
Fans who want a very special ballpark experience at the Oakland Coliseum should try watching a game from the NetSuite Diamond Level. This premisum seating area consists of five rows and 185 seats, and is 60 feet behind home plate at field level. The Athletics like to say that fans sitting in the Diamond Level seats are a shorter distance from the batter than the pitcher. Fans access the NetSuite Diamond Level by walking past the visitors clubhouse, and they enjoy private parking in the Diamond Level Lot (E-Lot). Food service is one more perk that comes with Diamond Level seats. Fans enjoy a variety of menu items, and a waiter brings their order directly to their seats. There is no limit on the number of food orders a guest at the Diamond Level seats can submit.
Fans visiting the Oakland Coliseum for the first time may wonder why most of the seats in the third deck are covered with a green canvas. The Athletics decided to close the third deck in 2006 in order to reduce seating capacity and give the fans a more intimate ballpark experience. In 2008, the Athletics opened three sections of the third deck behind home plate, and this area became “All-You-Can-Eat” seating in which the ticket price included all the food a fan could handle. Then in 2010, the three All-You-Can-Eat sections of the third deck became the “Value Deck,” which gives fans reduced ticket prices. All other third-deck sections remained closed.
Most Major League parks have one main scoreboard. The Oakland Coliseum is unusual in that it has two main scoreboards. One of them is behind the left field foul pole, and the other one is behind the right field foul pole. Both of them have two screens–one for video and one for keeping track of game statistics. Both scoreboards tower over the ballpark because they are mounted to the back of the unused third deck.