There’s a lot to love about Oakland. Whether you’re spending a day on Lake Merritt or you’re visiting Children’s Fairyland, you’re going to have a good time. But by far the best thing to do on a warm summer day in Oakland is catch a Raiders game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Here’s everything you need to know about Oakland Coliseum.
At A Glance:
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Who: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is home to the Oakland Raiders.
Where: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is located directly off Interstate 880.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (often called Oakland Coliseum) was built in 1966. It’s the home of both the Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics (usually called just the Oakland A’s), a professional MLB team. It is the only remaining stadium to house both an NFL and MLB team. For most of its life, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum has lacked naming rights. Between 1998 and 2016, it was named after UMax Technologies, McAffe, and Overstock.com, although between 2011 and 2016 is was still technically referred to as “Oakland Coliseum” in all of its digital and print content, much to the chagrin of the executives at Overstock.com.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum can accommodate 47,170 fans for baseball games and 56,057 fans for football games. One of the most notable features of Oakland Coliseum is “Mount Davis,” a 10,000 seat expansion added over the outfield to enclose the stadium. Fans nicknamed the area “Mount Davis” because it blocks the previous view of the Oakland Hills. It is often criticized by baseball fans who claim that the expansion makes the stadium look more like a football stadium than a baseball stadium.
Oakland Coliseum has hosted numerous concerts since it was first built. Marvin Gaye made his return to touring at the stadium in 1974. Other memorable performers who have played at the venue include U2, Lenny Kravitz, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, and Sting.
- The playing surface of Oakland Coliseum is actually below ground level.
- The complex cost $25.5 million to build and includes 120 acres of land.
- In the late 1970s, the stadium was cared for very poorly. This was most noticeable during baseball games with dwindling attendance. In one game against the Seattle Mariners in 1979, only 653 fans attended. During this time in its history, the Coliseum was known as the Oakland Mausoleum.
- In 1982, after winning the 1980 Superbowl, the Raiders left Oakland and went to LA. They agreed to return to Oakland in 1995 on the condition that the stadium undergo renovations. Renovations were completed the following year.
- The music video for “Take This Heart” (by Richard Marx) was shot at Oakland Coliseum.
- Oakland Coliseum was the filming location for the interior shots of the 1994 Disney movie Angels in the Outfield.
The 72 private luxury suites at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum offer a unique experience for fans and their guests. Whether you’re entertaining business associates, working hard to impress clients, or spending the day with your family and friends, you’ll be able to watch the Raiders in extreme comfort and style. Luxury suites at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum feature plush sofas and easy chairs inside the suite, as well as traditional stadium seating at the full-size window facing the action. They all offer patrons private restrooms, direct concourse access, catering, and VIP parking.
Food & Drinks:
Fans of the Raiders are in good hands when it comes to culinary creativity. Oakland Coliseum is the home to both Levy Restaurants and Spectra. Both locations work with the Coliseum to provide delicious and expansive options for catering, concessions, and sit down meals. That being said, Oakland Coliseum does lean traditional when it comes to concessions. A fan favorite is the Atomic Hot Sausage, a pork and beef hot dog spiced up with paprika, peppers, and grilled onions. You can also get hand dipped corn dogs, which, honestly, are just about the best thing to eat while taking in an NFL game. Even vegetarians can get enjoy the classic fare; veggie dogs are available throughout the stadium.
What To Do When You Visit:
Take a tour: Highlights of the tour include a view from a luxury suite, access to the field and locker rooms, a stop in the press room, and the Oakland A’s dugout. Tours last approximately 75 minutes.
- Parking is available for all games at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Parking can be paid in cash or with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.
- Parking for buses, limousines, and RVs is available on a first come first served basis.
- Car parking for Raiders games is $35. Buses, RVs, and limos are $75 each.
- If you want to take mass transit to the game, you can use BART, AmTrak, and AC Transit.
- To get to the stadium from the west, take the 80 Bay Bridge East, then take the 880 South exit toward Hayward/San Jose. Take the 66th Ave. exit and turn right into the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum parking lot.
- To get to the stadium from the east, take 580 West to 238 West. Then take 880 North to the Hegenberger Rd/Coliseum exit. Turn left on Edes Ave. and follow that road to the stadium.
- To get to the stadium from the north, take 880 South toward Hayward/San Jose to the 66th Ave. exit. Turn left on 66th Ave. and right into the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum parking lot.
- To get to the stadium from the south, take 880 North toward Oakland and take the Hegenberger Rd./Coliseum exit. Turn left on Edes Ave. and continue onto Coliseum Way.
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