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Oakland Athletics could set attendance record against San Francisco Giants

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San Francisco Giants right fielder Andrew McCutchen lines up a sliding catch against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

With the opening of Mount Davis for Saturday’s Bay Bridge Series game, the Oakland Athletics may very well set an attendance record.

The A’s announced on Saturday morning that the 6:05 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants at the Oakland Coliseum is officially sold out, including the 8,190 seats atop Mount Davis, which were sold at a $10 one-night-only price.

The Coliseum single-game record for baseball attendance is 55,989 set on June 26, 2004 against the Giants. The opening of Mount Davis, which has not been open for A’s games in 13 years, brings the capacity up to 56,782.

That number is projected to be the largest single-game crowd in Major League Baseball this season, beating out the 53,904 that attended the Dodgers vs. Cubs game at Dodger Stadium on June 26. Dodger Stadium’s stated capacity is 56,000.  

The A’s first sellout of the 2018 season came on Friday night, at 45,606. That crowd was the largest paid attendance for an A’s game at the Coliseum since 47,385 on Aug. 13, 2005 against Minnesota Twins. The club’s record for attendance during a three-game series is 158,152 from June 25-27, 2004 against the Giants.

Gates are scheduled to open at noon, and given that there were long lines to get into the parking lot on Saturday, fans are encouraged to arrive early.

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