A visit to Oakland is incomplete if you do not visit the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. It is also known as Oakland Coliseum. This is the home to one of the favorite teams in the Major League Baseball, Oakland Athletics. Apart from MLB, this stadium is also home to Oakland Raiders from the well-known National Football League.
A brief history
Not many stadiums exist in the US shared by both baseball and football teams, but the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum is an exception. Established in 1966, this stadium has seen some of the most thrilling baseball and football games ever. Back in 2008-2009, it became the home to one of the best teams in the Major Soccer League, San Jose Earthquakes. That year it also hosted games of CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Take a tour
If you are a baseball lover, do not forget to take a tour inside the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum stadium. It is massive. The high stands, incredible lighting, and the buzz of the spectators will give you goosebumps. Walk through the stands and experience how a game night might feel with the stadium jam-packed with people cheering for the home team. Imagine what it will be like when the team hits a home run.
Apart from the baseball and football stadium, the Oracle Arena is also in the neighborhood. This is the famous baseball stadium that hosted uncountable matches over the years. Since the basketball area is adjacent to the baseball stadium, you can catch a live game if you are on time.
More about the stadium
Although the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum is second smallest when it comes to seating capacity, you will not feel the lack of energy when there is an ongoing game in the National Football League. It has a variable seating capacity of 63,132 for soccer, 56,057 for football, and 46,687 for baseball. The playing surface is almost 6 meters below sea level. So, when you enter the stadium, you almost find yourself walking on the ground. The first level seats are the best to watch a game. It gives you the perfect view of the entire ground right from where the team is sitting.
There are ample eateries inside the stadium. You can have a burger and a small beer within $20 while enjoying the game. On 3rd April 2017, the Opening Day, the playing surface of the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum was dedicated as the Rickey Henderson Field by the Athletics in honor of the former Athletic legend and an MLB Hall of Famer, Rickey Henderson.
Apart from hosting so many nerve-bending matches, the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum also hosts concerts. In 1977, Led Zeppelin performed at this grand venue. Also, the elite bands like Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, U2, Green Day played here with thousands turning up to enjoy the concerts.
So, if you are in Oakland and have an evening to spare, if you’re not in the mood for a show at the Paramount Theater, hop on BART and visit the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. It will surely be an evening to remember for a lifetime.
Getting to SpeedPro East Bay from the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
via I-880 N
- Head northwest
- Use the left lane to continue on Coliseum Way
- Take I-880 N to Blanding Ave in Alameda
- Turn left at the 1st cross street onto 66th Ave
- Use the right lane to take the Interstate 880 N
ramp to Downtown/Oakland
- Merge onto I-880 N
- Take the 39A/29th Ave exit toward Fruitvale Ave
- Keep left at the fork and merge onto 29th Ave
- Turn right onto Ford St
- Slight left to stay on Ford St
- Turn left at the 1st cross street onto 23rd Ave
- Continue onto 29th Ave/Park St
- Continue on Blanding Ave. Drive to Clement Ave
- Turn right onto Blanding Ave
- Turn left onto Oak St
- Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Clement