Major League Baseball team the Oakland Athletics has announced details of new premium seating options and hospitality areas at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Terrace, Lounge Seats and Coppola Theater Boxes packages will debut during the 2019 season and offer fans a high-end game-day experience with luxury amenities.
The Terrace will offer fans the chance to sample terraced half-moon tables at Section 121. The area will feature 18 four-person tables and include dinner, drinks and the game in a social atmosphere behind the home dugout.
Meanwhile, the Lounge Seats in Section 113 will include 32 pairs of living room-style seats, offering a plusher experience for fans. This area will be located on the first base line.
The Coppola Theater Boxes in Sections 116-118 will offer what the A’s described as a “wine wonderland experience”. Fans will be given the chance to sample products from Francis Ford Coppola Winery in four four-person boxes and four six-person boxes.
Additionally, the A’s will renovate two hospitality areas at the Coliseum. The right-field terrace, which will be rebranded as the ‘Hero Deck’, will feature two-, three-, and four-person terrace tables at Sections 101-102. The left-field terrace will now be known as ‘Oak Landing’ and offer drink rails at Sections 131-133.
Work on the new spaces is to begin following the conclusion of the NFL American football season, with the A’s sharing the stadium with the Raiders.
Chris Giles, A’s chief operating officer, said: “These new premium spaces will provide our fans with the luxury and comfort that they crave while enjoying A’s baseball. We are committed to enhancing the fan experience at the Coliseum, as we have done in past years with the addition of The Treehouse, Shibe Park Tavern, and Championship Plaza.”
The announcement comes with the A’s continuing to explore options for a new stadium. In August, the team hired Danish architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to lead the design process for a new ballpark and surrounding development.
BIG will lead planning for two possible ballpark sites – the existing Coliseum and a mooted location at the waterfront Howard Terminal. The A’s are said to be firmly in favour of the Howard Terminal option but would still like to secure development rights for the Coliseum as a potential means to help finance a waterfront ballpark.