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Oakland Raiders

3x Champion:
1976, 1980, 1983


Oakland Athletics

9x Champion:
1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930,
1972, 1973, 1974, 1989

Before the addition of "Mt. Davis" this was a much more beautiful ballpark
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IMO round stadiums suck. The sight lines for both football and baseball suck in a round grandstand. The upper deck seats off of the bases must be more than 200 feet from the diamond.
In the '60s, '70s and early '80s, was portable seating placed in front of the existing bleachers for football games? To access that seating, you had to use the stairs that are still present behind the LF and RF walls. Is that correct?

Not sure about how those seats were accessed.
I just noticed something in those photos I posted...No scoreboards!
They were accesed through the big stairwells in the outfield poweralleys.
They're still there today (every once in a while a HR will land there)
Where were the concessions and restrooms for those original seats? Did those fans have to go way up to the plaza level for a beer? :cheers:
No Scoreboards

How many years did the Coliseum not have a scoreboard? :nuts:
If nothing else this pretty much guarantees the Raiders will sell out every game next season--bad team or not. 53,000 capacity and $25 season least the place will looked packed for home games and create a better ambiance.
A lot of, if not most, necessary infrastructure is in the old part of the stadium, I believe--Press/radio/TV, locker rooms, training rooms, etc.. Even if you kept Mt Davis it would cost a lot to build a new opposite wing with all new stuff like that. Even the best reno plan won't come cheap--I'm guessing 75% of the cost of building from scratch. Doubtful that Davis finds that very palatable.
Another problem with a multi-use stadium is that, even if the shape and sight lines are decent, you're still going to have 30,000-40,000 empty seats for baseball. No MLB team is going to be happy with a stadium that's half empty or worse even on the best of nights.
Sapporo Dome:

For those of you discussing modern multi purpose stadium options.

Edit: 40,500 seats for baseball, 53,000 with temp seating for Soccer.

edit edit: its the home park of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters which just blows the "A's" out of the water....
I find it hard to believe that the Raiders or the NFL would approve a new stadium that wasn't expandable to at least 70,000 for Super Bowls.

Sapporo Dome is fine for what it is, but where are the 100+ luxury suites? Where are the 10,000 exclusive club seats? And the party decks?
Raiders $30,000 dugout "suite".

Comes with waiter service and complimentary sump pumps.
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After looking over the report, I am convinced more than ever that what Oakland needs is a modern multi-purpose stadium. I know all of the arguments against, but I can't imagine that there is any other way to keep both teams. They certainly won't be building two stadiums in Oakland. I'm not sure they can even manage one. With today's technology, I think it is possible to build one stadium to service both teams well.
The A's want a cozy venue that seats 32-35,000 fans max. I can't see them ever agreeing to play in a 60,000 seat stadium, even if it is "state-of-the-art".

Before that happens they'll move to a market more condusive to selling out a smaller venue--Portland, Montreal, Charlotte, Indianapolis...the clock is ticking on Oakland, although if the Raiders move to LA (about 50/50 chance if not better at this point), the A's will be in a better position to get their 35,000 seat ballpark in Oakland.
The only good news for Oakland is that LA will only take two teams.
The bad news is that the Rams and Raiders were overwhelmingly voted in as the two teams Angelinos want in the LA Times poll. The Chargers came in 5th with 2% right behind the LA Kiss and indoor lacrosse
:lol: Well don't knock the Kiss until you've tried it.

For sure, I think the NFL would be nuts to reject the Rams, who had 2/3 of the popular vote. But I agree that the Raiders, who had over 30 percent and carry their own fans with them, are the second choice. I can easily see fans coming from the Bay Area, LV and SD to see them in Carson, or Inglewood for that matter.

But, as before, the difference maker is that neither Oakland or SD have shown any interest in contributing any money, and in such case, LA or even San Antonio could be a better choice.
What I don't get is why not simply play in Hollypark with the Rams? What chance do the Raiders or Chargers have building this Carson project if they're the sole tenant? Cause no way all three teams move to they?
As much as I hate to admit it, there is logic to that last bit. is interesting to see how Davis's attitude differs from Spanos'. Mark doesn't seem to give two chits about making a good impression with Goodell and company. I bet Spanos is pissed at Davis for not bending over for Roger and using 24k gold paint to boot.
Shot of the Coliseum from many, many moons ago. There is no way on Earth to figure out the exact date. The fair sized crowd and the empty advertising spot on the scoreboard are almost contradictory, but I think that this was when the team was bouncing back from the Charlie Finley days, maybe in 1980. And I believe that the player in the shot is Tony Armas. Tweeted by MLBcathedrals.

Edit: scratch that. Found some more pix, this was camera day in 1974. Still can't figure out why Finley could not sell advertising on the scoreboard.

Actually it was "cap day" 1974. I saw a shot of the LF scoreboard just now and there's no ad on it either.
I'm no A's fan but they had a nice, circular stadium before the Raiders moved back.
That's an oxymoron.
Am I missing something, does it actually look like a tree house?
About as much as a Ford Mustang looks like a horse.
I wonder how that will work when football season arrives? While that area of the stadium is beyond the left field wall for baseball, those are pretty decent sideline corner seats for football. I'm curious how they will handle the transition.
Yeah standing areas can't be beloved in football right?
They'll probably just leave it as a standing area/party deck. Lots of NFL teams have those.
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