Oct 11, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; A general view of O.co Stadium before game five of the 2012 ALDS between the Oakland Athletics Detroit Tigers at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics announced the tarps covering seats will be removed for extra seating if the team advances to the American League championship series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Sellout Crowd Causes Flooding, Sewage Leak at O.Co Coliseum

When Brad Pitt uttered his famous “50 feet of crap” quote in the movie Moneyball, I’m sure he didn’t mean it to be literal:

His words came true on Sunday afternoon, when the locker rooms at the O.Co Coliseum were flooded with water and sewage as a result of excessive flushing from the sellout crowd who watched the Oakland A’s defeat the Seattle Mariners 10-2.

Both teams had to leave their locker rooms and shower in the Oakland Raiders’ locker room, reports the San Jose Mercury News. 

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser witnessed players “racing up and down [the] stairs in towels and shower shoes.”

“Kind of a weird thing,” said A’s catcher John Jaso. “The ups and downs of the Coliseum. Did you hear how loud it got in the stadium when Josh Reddick hit his triple? It was booming. Then you come in here and you’ve got to find another place to shower.”

There is no doubt that the Coliseum, built in 1968, is outdated. If the stadium can’t handle a crowd flushing toilets, this has to trigger some sort of alarm to Bud Selig and his cohorts who have not made a decision on the A’s proposed move to San Jose.


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