OAKLAND'S McAfee Coliseum is a great place to see a game—if you know what you’re doing. And because the A’s are planning to move to a high-tech ballpark in Fremont, we have only a few more seasons to enjoy baseball in Oakland. Here’s a guide to the ultimate A’s fan’s day at the ballpark.
Take BART: The road to hell looks a lot like I-880 at rush hour. BART drops you right at the coliseum and, although it can get crowded (especially after the game), being on a train full of A’s fans makes you appreciate the team’s diverse, devoted community that much more.
Sit in the bleachers: Disregard this if you’re taking your kids to the game—unless you want them to come home with a whole new vocabulary of swear words. Also, the views can be obstructed in some seats. Still, this is the section where you’ll find the true diehards, the fans who attend all 81 home games, the guys who bring drums to the ballpark. Their passion is infectious. Buy bleacher-seat tickets early—at $9–$12, these are the coliseum’s cheapest seats, and they sell out quickly.
Or get right up close: If you want to be closer to the action, here’s how you can get those great seats behind home plate and next to the dugouts that are usually available only to season ticket holders. The A’s website allows season ticket holders to resell their seats for individual games. Go to www.oaklandathletics.com , click Tickets, then scroll down to My A’s Tickets, and you might just score those Field Box or Diamond Level seats.
Bring your own food: The lines at the coliseum are no fun—I’ve missed several innings waiting for chicken strips and garlic fries. If you must buy food at the ballpark, try the barbecue stand down the left field line behind section 130 (mmm ... sweet potato pie). Your best bet for beer is one of the Corona stands, where last season a 24-ounce bottle was $10 (a 16-ounce microbrew was at least $7), and the lines were shorter than at other stands.