After winning a tight three-game series at AT&T Park this past weekend, the Oakland Athletics are doubling down after the All-Star break.
When the A’s and San Francisco Giants renew the Bay Bridge Series this coming weekend, Oakland will be opening up Mount Davis for the first time in 13 years.
“Starting to get the feeling, that playoff vibe,” left-handed A’s starter Sean Manaea said after the first-half finale on Sunday. Oakland has won 21 of its last 27 games, but despite a 31-21 road record — and a streak of 27 road games with a home run –the A’s are just three games above .500 at home (24-21).
On Saturday, the top-most deck in center field at the Oakland Coliseum will be open, with tickets costing $10 for sections 335 to 355, as the A’s try and match the intensity of the crowd this past weekend in China Basin.
“By opening Mount Davis we have the chance to set the Athletics all-time attendance record at the Coliseum,” A’s President Dave Kaval said in a statement. “I invite the Green and Gold faithful to come out and join us as we aim to beat our cross-town rivals, again, and ultimately take the Bay Bridge Series.”
Mount Davis — named for late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, who demanded it be built as a condition for returning to Oakland — has a capacity of 8,190, bringing the total Oakland Coliseum capacity to 56,782. The current attendance record for a baseball game — 55,989 — was set on June 26, 2004 against the Giants.
Saturday’s game — the only one which will see Mount Davis opened — will also include a reunion of the A’s 1989 World Series team, which swept San Francisco in a series interrupted by the Loma Prieta earthquake.
Food and beverage options on Mount Davis will be limited. Fans with Mount Davis tickets will have access to $2 hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, bottled water and soda, in addition to regularly priced beer. Tickets are on sale now at athletics.com/battle.