Pro Sports Stadium Review: Colliseum Coliseum is the current and future home of the Oakland Athletics. The team with the green and gold uniforms has been playing its home games here since 1966 … nearly fifty years.

Of course, this park, one of the oldest in all of Major League Baseball, wasn’t always known by the name of an internet retailer.

Beginning in 1966, when the Athletics started playing in northern California, the ballpark was called the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. It kept that name from 1966 until 1998 when the name changed completely.

That year, the stadium became known as Network Associates Coliseum. It retained that moniker for six years, until 2004 when its name was changed to McAfee Coliseum.

This stadium, which has always been a multi-purpose facility, accommodates 35,067 for baseball, up to 37090 when standing room only tickets are sold.

As a multi-purpose field, it also has been home to the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). The famed “silver and black” played their home games in the stadium from 1966 until 1981, generally in front of a sold-out crowd of 56,057 or when expanded, before 64,200 overly excited and animated football fans.

This remarkably versatile venue also has been home to a professional soccer team, the San Jose Earthquakes, a squad that played before large crowds of 45,000 fans or more in 2008 and 2009.

When it comes to baseball, dimensions of the playing field matter. In fact, they’re extremely important. It’s worth knowing that this older ballpark has perfectly symmetrical dimensions. The left field line and the right field line are listed at three hundred thirty feet. The power alleys in left center-field and right center-field are an identical three hundred sixty seven feet from home plate while center field requires a slugger’s power at four hundred feet.

The renovation that took two years to complete in 2008-2009 has resulted in the construction of some key improvements for fans. There are now 6,300 club seats, two thousand seven hundred f which are reserved for baseball.

There are also one hundred forty-three luxury suites. One hundred twenty-five of these premium locations are available to baseball fans.

While Coliseum is now forty-nine years old, it doesn’t have the look or feel of an aging building. Its recent renovation has left this mid-1960s sports venue with a shiny, new appearance that is appealing to fans and appreciated by players.

It seems likely that Coliseum will remain viable for many years to come.

Graphic via csnbayarea, sfgate


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