The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is one of the most historic venues in all of sports. Located next to Oracle Arena, it seems like this would be the mecca for bay area fans. However, the food and drink options in and around the stadium have long been lackluster at best. The wait is over!
The Coliseum will now be circled on the lists of foodies, beer lovers, and baseball history buffs. The experience starts outside the stadium where 8-16 gourmet food trucks will be parked in the plaza each event day. The plaza between Oracle and the Coliseum will be renamed “Champions Pavilion” and will feature a video board so that fans will not miss the action while playing bocce and enjoying the new food trucks. Food truck options will vary by day, but will also include vegetarian and gluten free options.
New team President Dave Kaval has placed an emphasis history with the outside pavilion featuring flags from all nine A’s champions all the way back to the Philadelphia A’s. Kaval was also in front of the movement to add a new tavern to the Coliseum call “Shibe Park Tavern,” which is another reference to Connie Mack’s A’s. The Tavern, formerly the West Side Club, underwent a $1 million renovation where Director of Stadium Operations David Rinetti partnered with the Philadelphia A’s Historic Society to find photos, memorabilia and add historic brickwork from the Philadelphia stadium.
Oakland A's President Dave Kaval / Photo Credit: SF Chronicle
The tavern will feature 24 beers on draft and will be open to everyone. “I think that’s going to be a really good place for people to hang out,” Kaval said. “And it’s open for everyone. We want to honor our past, but we don’t want to make it exclusionary.” Even Bay Area native and A’s Manager Bob Melvin is excited about the changes. Melvin grew up going to games and concerts at the Coliseum and approves of the changes stating, “I appreciate the fact he’s trying to spruce it up for our fans, give them more options, create a better atmosphere at our ballpark,”
The question still looms about how long the A’s will call the Coliseum home. Kaval said the team continues to investigate sites for a stadium — the current location Laney College and other potential areas around Lake Merrit and Howard Terminal. Kaval emphasized that the Raiders move has no bearing on the A’s and confirmed, “Our process is completely independent of what they’re doing,”