A holdout from the past in which MLB and NFL teams shared stadiums, O.Co seems gargantuan compared to the intimate ballparks built throughout the past several decades. The entryways and exterior are less than inviting – the fenced walkway from the BART station to the stadium doesn’t feel like you’re heading to an MLB park.
The overall feel of O.co is extremely outdated and the large sections of the upper level that are blocked off don’t help the atmosphere.
The A’s have been working on arrangements for a new stadium for years as they are well aware of the limitations of O.Co. In the meantime, they try to make the most of the current situation by paying tribute to the best days of the franchise, including the titles of ’72, ’73, and ’74; the late 80s; and more recent successes.
One highlight is a more modern bar installed down the first base line where it’s possible to catch a view of the game from tables along the glass. The backside of this area features a lot of pictures from the history of the franchise.
A Tip of the Cap
- The aforementioned bar area that provides refreshments and a break from the sun
- Murals in various entryways highlighting the history of the team
- At least using the blocked off upper deck areas to honor former players with their names and numbers
Swing and a Miss
In the age of modern ballparks, the multipurpose-stadium stands no chance of measuring up. Too many features that accommodate football are negatives for baseball.
Trip to the Mound
Move around and take in the various historical displays throughout the park. Our seats in the sun for a 1:00 game quickly became hot – the bar enclosed bar area offered a comfortable place to cool off.
Setting (C-): Easy access via BART, but not much around the stadium and no real views of note from inside.
External Appearance (D): Drab design and less than inviting. Ability to highlight the A’s is limited by sharing facility with the Raiders.
Internal Appearance (C): Doesn’t look like or feel like a ballpark – feels like a stadium where they happen to play baseball.
Atmosphere (B-): Small crowd in regular season but hats off to the diehards who make noise, bring banners, and wave flags in the outfield stands.</li>