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O.co Coliseum

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O.co Coliseum is the last multi-purpose stadium home to two full-time professional teams. The Oakland Raiders National Football League team and the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team share O.co Coliseum and each have interesting historical backgrounds. The Raiders were involved in the stadium's first game ever on September 18, 1966. The Athletics debuted O.co Coliseum on April 17, 1968.

O.co Coliseum as a football field
O.co Coliseum as a baseball field
Oakland Raider's logo
Oakland Athletics logo
Multi-sport sensation Bo Jackson playing for the Oakland Raiders

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Beginning with the Oakland Raiders, they have won twelve division titles and three Super Bowl Championships, the most recent being in 1983. When the stadium was constructed, it was built deep in the ground so fans could enter the upper level of the stadium and go down. The Raiders first game at O.co Coliseum on September 18, 1966 consisted of 45,000 people in attendance. From this point on, the next two years were the only years that the Oakland Raiders were the soul users of the stadium. On main interesting thing of note is when legendary Hall of Fame owner Al Davis proposed to renovate O.co Coliseum with more luxury seats. After the city of Oakland denied, Al Davis moved his team to Los Angeles following the 1981 football season. In Los Angeles, the Raiders still had to share the Los Angeles Coliseum with the University of Southern California. Davis attempted the same thing in Los Angeles as he did in Oakland. Already located in a rough neighborhood, Davis wanted to construct a whole new stadium in Los Angeles. If this were successful, it is believed that the Raiders would still be in Los Angeles to this day and not back in Oakland. After renovations were made to O.co Coliseum in 1995, the Raiders returned to Oakland for the 1996 football season. "Raider's O.co History"

On the other hand, the Oakland Athletics franchise has won a total of nine World Series Championships with the most recent being in 1989. The Athletics first game at O.co was on April 17, 1968 when the Baltimore Orioles visited the Oakland Athletics and defeated the Athletics by a score of 4-1. Hall of Fame standout Reggie Jackson was batting second playing right field for the Athletics. The game had an attendance of 50,164 people. There have been a total of seven retired player numbers in the Oakland Athletics Franchise. The group of men are headlined by Jackie Robinson and Reggie Jackson, both outstanding players for the Athletics. "First A's Game at O.co Coliseum"

While both teams play on the same field, it is astonishing at how much money and time it takes to convert the football field into a baseball field, and vice versa. The switch from field to field costs about $250,000 and takes anywhere between eighteen and twenty hours! First, the outfield is transformed so it is more suitable for either field, then a total of 6,000 sideline seats are placed on carts. Next, large amounts of plywood are placed in center field so two large cranes can move the sets of bleachers around. Lastly, the main pitchers mound and both bullpen mounds are removed, lines are painted, and sod is placed on parts of the field to make it suitable for football to be played at O.co. "Baseball to Football Field"

Sources

"Raider's O.co History" http://www.stadiumsofprofootball.com/afc/OcoColiseum.htm "First A's Game at O.co Coliseum" http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/OAK/OAK196804170.shtml "Baseball to Football Field" http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000256001/article/how-to-transfer-a-stadium-from-baseball-to-football

Address
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone Number
(510) 569-2121
Hours
Raiders Ticket Office: Monday-Friday 12p-5p Athletics Ticket Office: Monday-Friday 10a-5p Saturday 10a-4p
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  • Architecture and Historical Buildings
  • Sports History
This location was created on 2015-12-02 by Chandler Damron, Marshall University; Instructed by David J. Trowbridge.   It was last updated on 2016-01-16 by Chandler Damron, Marshall University; Instructed by David J. Trowbridge.

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