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Oakland Coliseum

Our guide to Oakland Coliseum, home of the Athletics, includes information on events, tickets, parking, nearby hotels and restaurants, seating, bag policy and more. Read on to find out how to get the most out of your gameday experience.

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Oakland Coliseum is still the home of the Oakland Athletics and select other events. But doesn’t have many nice things said or written about it these days.

It is an aging concrete stadium full of problems. It was the last remaining stadium in the U.S. to house both an MLB and an NFL team. It was once considered a nice little park to watch baseball until a mid-90s renovation that lured back the NFL turned it into a hideous Franken-stadium and introduced the term “Mount Davis” into our sports vocabulary.

Clearly the Coliseum’s days are numbered. The Athletics have tried time and time again to build a new ballpark at a different location in Oakland, proposing a number of sites in various spots around town only to run into numerous obstacles each time.

Now, it appears the franchise’s time in Oakland is numbered as well. The A’s appear to have one foot out the door on their way to Las Vegas, following the example set by their former co-tenant in the Raiders. But a new ballpark in Sin City wouldn’t be ready until at least the 2028 season.

So will the A’s play several lame-duck seasons at the Coliseum, and will the city of Oakland continue to fight to keep its team? A lot of this drama has yet to play out.

Amid that ominous backdrop, why trek to Oakland and see an event at the Coliseum? Well, it’s easily accessible, for one thing. You’ll meet some of the most passionate and knowledgeable fans baseball has to offer, even if recent hard times have left them a little jaded.

And hey, look hard enough and you’ll see that it has a few charms, too. Just don’t expect anything too fancy.

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Exterior of RingCentral Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics

Getting to the stadium

Look at it on a map and you might think to yourself that Oakland Coliseum isn’t a hard place to get to, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The stadium is officially known as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and sits on a plot of land officially known as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex, which also includes Oakland Arena (formerly known as Oracle Arena, the one-time home of the Golden State Warriors).

The two venues lie alongside Interstate 880, the major freeway that runs through Oakland and leads to the Bay Bridge crossing into San Francisco.

So driving is pretty direct — take 880 to Hegenberger Road — though traffic in that area around the time fans would be trying to get to games is always a crapshoot, so be sure to allot extra time for yourself for driving and parking at an Oakland Coliseum event.

One of the definite positives of the stadium is its proximity to public transit — both BART and Amtrak have stations at the Coliseum’s doorstep, and the stations are conveniently named “Coliseum” so you can’t get confused.

From the BART station, just walk across a pedestrian bridge and you’ll be there, though for A’s games you’ll need to walk around the perimeter a bit since the gate you’ll see first is at center field and usually not open for baseball. BART fares can get a little pricey depending on where you’re coming from, but it certainly beats the cost of parking should you chose to drive to the game.

If you’re coming straight from the Oakland Airport, about a mile away, you can get to Oakland Coliseum for free, technically. Use the BART train from the airport to the station — you just need a fare ticket to get through the turnstiles, but you won’t be charged unless you depart the system somewhere besides the Coliseum station.

Event parking in the Oakland Coliseum lots costs $30; follow the link to purchase parking in advance. There are also a few lots in the area managed by third-party companies where you might be able to drive up and find a spot.

Oakland hotels near Oakland Coliseum

Days Hotel by Wyndham Oakland Airport-Coliseum – 0.6 miles away
Quality Inn Oakland Airport – 0.8 miles away
Best Western Airport Inn & Suites Oakland – 1.1 miles away
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Map of the surrounding area

Things to do around the stadium

A’s fans don’t usually come to Oakland Coliseum in droves, but they sure know how to party — Oakland is one of very few places in Major League Baseball in which you’ll find tailgating before events on a regular basis in the parking lot.

If you’re looking outside the stadium grounds for pregame merriment, your choices are meager. There’s a Denny’s down the street and a shopping center on the other side of the freeway on Hegenberger that includes a handful of major chain fast-food restaurants.

And sometimes you’ll see vendors with mobile grills selling what’s known as a Danger Dog, aka a bacon-wrapped hot dog, along the BART pedestrian bridge.

The A’s have done their best to increase the options for fans outside Oakland Coliseum. The plaza between the stadium and arena has been rebranded Championship Plaza and serves as a pregame meeting point. Fans will be able to find food trucks and live entertainment here.

Note that if you’re coming from the BART station, you’ll have to walk all the way over the pedestrian bridge, which spans over the vast parking lot, and then around Oakland Coliseum to the other side to reach Championship Plaza.

For more on visiting Oakland, check out our San Francisco Bay Area sports travel guide.

Oakland restaurants near Oakland Coliseum

Denny’s – diner, 0.5 miles away
Taco Bell – fast food, 0.7 miles away
In-N-Out Burger – fast food, 0.8 miles away
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Watching a game at Oakland Coliseum

Oakland Coliseum tried to be a football stadium and tried to be a baseball stadium, yet compared to its peers was ill-fitted for both (which, frankly, was the case with most multipurpose stadiums built in the same era).

The addition of Mount Davis, that portion of the stands that hovers over the rest of the stadium, may have been a slight boon to the Raiders when they returned from Los Angeles in 1995, but it sorely diminished the experience for A’s fans, who beforehand at least had the Oakland hills to look out to during breaks in the action.

These days attendance at A’s games can be sparse as their future remains up in the air. For their part, the A’s try to make the atmosphere more intimate by tarping off most of the upper deck and nearly all of Mount Davis — though most outsiders would see that as an admission of waning popularity, the remaining seats do offer decent vantage points.

Famously, Oakland Coliseum’s round shape creates the most foul territory of any venue in the majors, so don’t be surprised if you feel farther removed from the action than at most ballparks.

The franchise does its best to keep fans entertained — and even gives them a reason to venture out toward Mount Davis.

For a beer and a relaxed place to watch the game, head to either foul pole, where the bleacher sections have been converted to party decks, or the Shibe Park Tavern on the 200 level.

On the second level in left field is the Treehouse, an outdoor tavern that includes not only a long bar but also tavern games like foosball.

Food and drink at Oakland Coliseum

The old concrete edifice has its dank corners and dark alleyways, but its main concourse has concession stands at nearly every turn and viewing areas where you can keep tabs on the action as you’re walking along. Just don’t expect anything fantastic in those concession stands, though the A’s have actively been trying to change that, too.

You’ll find most stadium staples there — burgers, chicken tenders, sausages and the like — but they’ve been supplemented by more adventurous options such as fish and chips, teriyaki bowls and veggie burgers.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, grab a bag of fried and seasoned crickets, which are locally produced.

Oakland Coliseum bag and food policy

Per policy, approved bags for entry into Oakland Coliseum must measure 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches or smaller. This includes backpacks, purses and clear bags, like those permitted in NFL stadiums are permitted but aren’t necessary.

Oversized bags such as suitcases and large purses will not be allowed into Oakland Coliseum, per stadium policy.

Fans are allowed to bring food into Oakland Coliseum, as long as they are meant for individual consumption and wrapped, bagged or placed inside a soft-sided container. The stadium bag and food policy also allows fans to bring one factory-sealed plastic water or non-alcoholic beverage bottle of up to one liter in size.

Bags will be inspected by security at the entry gates to Oakland Coliseum, and patrons carrying any bags that don’t comply with stadium policy will be denied entry.

Original publish date: February 4, 2016
Most recent update: February 18, 2024

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