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
Radisson Oakland Airport - complimentary airport shuttle & walk to the ballpark
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 2019 season. Tickets start at just $15.
WHERE TO EAT?
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
Oakland Coliseum food selections seems to improve every season! Directly behind home plate, you have a sausage cart that offers five options including bratwurst, hot links, Polish sausage, sweet Italian and Big Atomic Hot. All sausages come with green peppers and grilled onions. We also enjoy the "Tenders Love & Chicken" concession stand and Dock St. Fish & Chip stand. Have you tried deep-fried crickets yet? Now is your chance (section 129). For a healthier alternative, check out Nourish Fresh Salads & Bowls stand in the Right Field Stomping Grounds.
For a sit down option, try the Shibe Park Tavern 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 Shibe Park Tavern is open to all ticketed guests. *
New Food at Oakland Coliseum in 2019
Launch Test Kitchen- a concept based on a series of rotating celebrity chefs. First up will be soul-food star Tanya Holland of Oakland’s Brown Sugar Kitchen. Look for her pulled pork sandwiches and macaroni and cheese at this new stand behind the Treehouse.
Hand-breaded chicken tenders with sauces created with the adult palate in mind: Buffalo, Honey Hot, Honey Mustard, Ranch, Hickory BBQ and Golden BBQ. They come with fries dusted with ranch seasoning. The Tenders Love and Chicken stands are located at Sections 116 and 223.
Red coconut curry bowl - grilled chicken, bell peppers and noodles at a stand called Nourish. Also on the menu are tofu bowls with Szechuan garlic sauce, quinoa bowls and salads. This stand is located at The Farm, behind the right-field flagpoles.
Boba Tea stand - Section 133.
Boozy Popsicles - Party Pops, will roam the concourse, selling frozen cocktails on a stick. Blueberry Mania, Moscow Mule, and bourbon-spiked Southern Belle.
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. For the best deals online, 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.
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.
Oracle 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.
Last updated by Ballpark Chasers.