Oakland International Airport (OAK)
4.6 miles/10 minute drive to Oakland Coliseum
WHERE TO STAY? Hotels Near Oakland Coliseum (all within 5 miles)
Executive Inn & Suites Oakland Waterfront
Best Western Plus Bayside Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Airport (Diamonds Sports Bar inside the hotel)
Chaser budget traveler
Days Hotel Oakland Airport (walking distance to the ballpark)
La Quinta Inn Oakland Airport Coliseum
WHERE TO PARK?
The Oakland Athletics make it trouble-free for their guests by offering a large, centralized parking lot in front of the ballpark. Expect to pay $20 for any spot in the general parking lot and keep in mind parking attendants will not accept a bill larger than $20. Also note that the Coliseum lot opens 2 ½ hours prior to the first pitch for those looking to catch batting practice.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: fans get free parking on most Tuesday games during the 2015 season. Plaza Reserved tickets are available for just $5 at www.athletics.com/tuesdays using the coupon code 'CHEVY.' Tickets are limited to 500 per game and are available while supplies last.
WHERE TO EAT?
If you only have one day in the Oakland area, it is critical to make your way to Walnut Creek, California to find McCovey’s Restaurant. Inspired by the “Gentle Giant”, Willie McCovey, this restaurant is like no other. From the outside architecture to the inside layout, McCovey’s is a mini replica of AT&T Park with their walls overflowing from sports memorabilia that make it fell like a mini Cooperstown. The 30 minute drive from Oakland is well worth it for the amazing selection of comfort food. Ballpark Chasers recommend not leaving without trying the “Grand Slam Double-stacked Hamburger” and finding the signed baseball by Satchel Paige.
If you go with a rental car, the 15 minute drive to Zachary’s Pizza is most certainly worth it. Come for a Chicago style pizza and see why Sports Illustrated rated it as one of their best places for a slice of pie. For a great brew house, sample Drake's Brewing Company. Drake's is 3 miles from the Coliseum and has a rotating food truck schedule that will go perfect with your beer. Other local favorites within a 10 minute drive are Ricky's Sports Bar and The Englander Pub.
Ballpark Chasers Favorite Bar- Heinold's First and Last Chance Bar
Ballpark Chasers Tip: Unfortunately, there aren’t many good things to say about the food within Oakland Coliseum and therefore we highly recommend eating before the game. If you are desperate, check out stop by Saag’s over in Section 118 (directly behind home plate). You have five options to choose from including bratwurst, hot links, Polish sausage, sweet Italian and Big Atomic Hot. All sausages come with green peppers and grilled onions. Saag’s is a San Leandro-based family business that first opened in downtown Oakland in 1933. We also enjoy the "BBQ Ribs and Things" concession that offers rib slabs, sandwiches, and two or three combo dinners that come with bread a salad and with side-options like tri-tip, chicken, pork ribs and hot links. You can find a variety of Mexican food and tasty choices at the Burrito District located in the Plaza Club Level. Choices here include burritos, Baja tacos, hot dogs, Polish sausages and super chicken nachos.
For a sit down option, try the West Side Club that overlooks the playing field. Located on the second level of Oakland Coliseum, the club hosts the longest sports bar in Northern California and features multiple flat screen televisions, craft beers on tap, wood fired pizza, and specialty foods. The West Side Club is open to all ticketed guests.
WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?
Despite the Athletics playoff caliber ballclub, don't expect the fans to come out until they build a new ballpark. The box office will have tickets available unless it’s a Bay Series against the San Francisco Giants. For those budget Chasers, check out a Rapid Deal Days at Oakland Coliseum as tickets start at just $5. Ballpark Chasers recommends pre-purchasing your tickets through TicketMonster.com.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: By far the best value at Oakland Coliseum is the Comcast SportsNet California Value Deck. For as little as $12, your ticket includes a Jumbo Ticket added-value of $6 to use throughout the ballparks concession stands and souvenir shops. These seats are located in sections 316-318 and come with a great view above home plate. Keep in mind ticket prices fluctuate depending on who the Athletics are playing.
WHERE TO SIT?
Given its use as a football stadium and ballpark, Oakland Coliseum features plenty of unique seating locations. Find the best seats to bring the family or friends with the Coliseum Seating Guide.
WHEN TO GO?
The weather in Oakland is very similar to the San Francisco area- mild summers that are not sweltering hot. Average temperatures are in the mid 70s during the summer with very little humidity. Ballpark Chasers recommend June through August as the best months to travel to Oakland; these are the warmest and driest.
WHAT ELSE TO SEE?
Most people think that Oakland wouldn’t have much to offer other than the Athletics, Raiders and Golden State Warriors. Well, we do have some suggestions to fill up the day. Jack London Square is Oakland’s waterfront district full of vast shopping, dining and entertainment. Make sure to stop for a drink and Heinold’s First and Last Chance Bar. This local pub has been in operation using gas lamps since 1883 and was built from remnants of an old wailing ship. Watch out for the uneven floor that still remains from the San Francisco earthquake of 1906!
If you have not had the opportunity to see redwood trees in person, Oakland will give you that chance. Redwood Regional Park is just a few miles outside of downtown Oakland and is home to nearly 2,000 acres of Redwoods that stand up to 150 ft. tall! Bring your trail shoes as this park has plenty of paths to choose from. Still not impressed with Oakland’s attractions? Well, San Francisco is only a 10 minute drive away.
BALLPARK CHASERS VACATION?
If your baseball trip to Oakland involves traveling a great distance, we suggest extending your vacation by visiting one or more of the ballparks below.
AT&T Park- 16 miles/30 minutes
Dodger Stadium- 365 miles/5.5 hours
Angel Stadium- 394 miles/6 hours
Petco Park- 487 miles/7.5 hours
Did you discover that your trip to see the Oakland Athletics has the San Francisco Giants out of town? If so, don’t panic! Why not see the other Giants team in the Bay area? The San Jose Giants are the Class A affiliation of the Major Leagues, San Francisco Giants. In addition, the Oakland A’s have their Triple A affiliate only 1.5 hours away. Just head north to Sacramento to catch the River Cats battle at Raley Field or 45 minutes South to see the Giants play at Municipal Stadium.
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