Date: Sunday July 16, 1:05pm
Teams: Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians
Ticket(s): Section 206, Row 10, Seat 5 (FREE – thanks to redditor u/GuyBelowMeDoesntLift)
Miles Driven: 5,678
Average Ticket Price through 10 games: $9.21
Though I’m not big into Reddit, prior to each game I’ve been posting on each team’s sub and asking for advice and things to do at the stadium. This time, an A’s fan hit me up with 2 free tickets he couldn’t use!
I drove in about 2 hours from Williams, CA, where I had stopped for the night after spending a small part of Saturday in Lassen Volanic National Park. Unfortunately, Lassen is still largely under snow, but it was also nice to get out early and not have a huge drive before the game. On the advice of practically the entire Internet, I parked right at the stadium for $20. Oakland has a big tailgating scene, similar to Milwaukee. I can only imagine the place filled up for a Raiders game. Literally, can only imagine it as the Raiders are off to Vegas.
I went to the game with a buddy in my fantasy baseball league, Peter. We walked around the concourse to our seats in section 206 – almost directly opposite the entrance we took in. The concourse is drab concrete and crowded, which reminded me a lot of Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, prior to the renovations. People always said that Crisler was a dump, particularly when I started attending games as a student at the University of Michigan. I never really cared, because when Crisler was full and rocking, it was the best atmosphere you could find. I feel the same is probably true with the A’s.
However, the Coliseum was not full and rocking. It was shockingly empty for a Sunday afternoon game. Part of that was likely the scorching sun. I’m sure a large chunk of people spent most of the game hiding in the upper rows, where you could find some shade. We did the same for the first few innings before exploring a bit.
The coolest thing at Oakland was The Championship Plaza – a space between the Coliseum and Oracle Arena full of food trucks, games for kids, and TVs so you didn’t miss any of the game.
We then wandered back to the game and scoped out a lower level usher who wasn’t paying much attention. We easily made it a few rows up from the Indians bullpen and by the eighth inning we found ourselves directly behind home-plate, maybe 8 rows up. After scoring 5 runs in the first inning, the A’s held on in the ninth for a 5-2 win.
Staying in the Bay Area for the Giants game Monday night. I’m shockingly approaching the halfway point, with the Giants on Monday (#11), Angels on Wednesday (#12) and Dodgers on Thursday (#13) before flying home this upcoming weekend for a wedding and to catch up on life a bit.