The tarps the drape across the third deck of the O.co Coliseum during Oakland Athletics‘ games will be removed during the postseason.
Due to what the team describes as “strong demand,” the A’s will be selling additional view level seats in the upper deck that has been covered by tarps since 2006. However, the tarps encompassing the top of Mt. Davis in the outfield will not be removed.
This means the maximum capacity of the Coliseum will be 44,000 for the playoffs instead of the 35,067 it usually is with the tarps.
Built in 1966, the Coliseum has served as the home for the A’s since 1968, and has been criticized for being an outdated stadium in recent years. Many complain that it looks more like a football stadium than a baseball stadium, especially with the large amount of foul territory. Mount Davis was also constructed in 1996, which obstructed the scenic view of the Oakland Hills. And finally, the tarp was added in 2006 due to poor attendance. The A’s called it a “more intimate environment” for baseball, but it drew plenty of criticism from fans and experts alike.
The A’s would have removed the tarps during last year’s postseason if the team advanced to the ALCS. As it turned out, they lost in Game 5 of the ALDS to the Tigers.