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Venue Quick Facts
Venue Name Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Location Oakland, CA
Address 7000 Joe Morgan Wy, Oakland, CA 94621
Phone # (510) 569-2121
Capacity 46,847
Opened September 18, 1966
Architect Edward Charles Bassett
Website https://www.theoaklandarena.com/venues/detail/oakland-alameda-county-coliseum

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is located in Oakland, California, as part of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex next to Oakland Arena. Opened in 1966, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum has served as the home of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball since 1968.

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is a multi-purpose stadium and has also served as the home of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League for two separate stints (1966–1981) and (1995–2019). The Raiders then relocated to Los Angeles in 1982, and later to Las Vegas in 2020.

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Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum History

Plans for a stadium in Oakland began to be discussed as early as the 1950s. As professional sports franchises and leagues looked to expand west, Oakland, and its neighboring city San Francisco became viable options for expansion. In 1960, plans were revealed for the Coliseum without a tenant in place. The hope was that the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League would use the new stadium as their home, which received support from local media. Plans for the venue to be built as a multi-purpose stadium were included after the American League indicated that it had identified Oakland as an expansion candidate in 1961.

In 1962, after receiving approval from the city of Oakland and Alameda County, as well as $25 million in financing, construction began. Construction faced delays for over two years before the stadium was eventually completed in 1966 as the home of the Oakland Raiders. In 1968, Charlie Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletics, received permission from Major League Baseball to relocate the franchise to Oakland and the new stadium. The Kansas City Royals joined Major League Baseball one year later in 1969 as an expansion team.

Options to replace the stadium were sought after by both the Athletics and Raiders in 2005. When support for a separate football stadium fell through, the Raiders decided to relocate to Las Vegas and played their last season in Oakland in 2019.

Sites have been identified for a new baseball park throughout Alameda County since 2005, but no deal has been signed. In 2014, the Athletics signed a 10-year lease with Alameda County to remain at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, while receiving permission to look into a new stadium within Oakland city limits. In 2021, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred suggested that the Athletics franchise look into moving to a new city after plans stalled for relocation to another stadium within Oakland.

The 1987 MLB All-Star Game was held at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Athletics also hosted World Series games in 1972, 1973, 1974, 1988, 1989, and 1990, and won the World Series in 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1989.

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum has also hosted several concerts in its history. The first was an annual Day on the Green concert series presented by Billy Graham, which ran from 1973 to 1991. Led Zeppelin played back-to-back shows at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in 1977, and the venue has also seen performances by artists including U2, Green Day, Metallica, and Guns N’ Roses. The Coliseum also holds the distinction as the venue to host the most Grateful Dead concerts with 66 shows from 1979 to 1995.

Movies filmed at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum include Angels in the Outfield and Moneyball.

Parking, Transit and Admission at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

When planning to attend a game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, fans will find multiple options for transit, parking and admission. If traveling by car, there are plenty of parking options. Parking at the venue cost $30 and must be purchased prior to the game. The parking purchase period ends two hours prior to the game.

One of the best public transit options for Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit system), which stops directly at the Coliseum Complex. BART runs until midnight daily. The Coliseum is also accessible by Amtrak.

Additionally, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum rules are in place to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests at the stadium. Prohibited items are in accordance with MLB policy, and all fans are required to walk through metal detectors while entering the stadium. Gates open 90 minutes before first pitch.

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum also recommends fans do not bring any bags. According to those rules, the only bags permitted inside Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum are bags that do not exceed 16″ x 16″ x 8.″ Possible exceptions include:

  • Diaper bags
  • Single-compartment drawstring bags
  • Other bags used for medical reasons

All items are subject to search.

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Capacity & Seating Options

When you visit Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, you have plenty of seating options to enjoy the game. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum has a capacity of seated 46,847 and can expand up to 56,782. The attendance record for baseball is 56,310 and 62,784 for football.

Other Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum seating options include box seats, lounges and VIP. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum offers premium seating in the Diamond Level, which is located behind home plate and includes a complimentary food and beverage package. Other options include the Field Box, the Theater Box, Lounge Seats, and Dugout Seats.

For more information about hospitality options, contact the Athletics at 510-638-4627.

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The best seats at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum vary depending on the event and personal preferences. Check out Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum seating charts and find your favorite seat today.

Food & Beverage Options at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

When you attend a game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, you’ll find plenty of food options located throughout the stadium.

Available concession stands include traditional options like A’s Helmet Nachos and Coliseum Classics. Other options include Da Poke Man for a delicious poke bowl, Javis Cooking for chicken and beef empanadas, Nourish for custom salads and quinoa bowls, or Launch Test Kitchen for a rotating menu with food from local Bay Area chefs.

For guests with dietary restrictions, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options can also be found throughout the venue.

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