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McAfee Coliseum

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McAfee Coliseum
Oakland Coliseum.
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Location

7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, California
(exit I-880 at 66th Ave.)

Opened 1966
Capacity
Baseball
Football
48,219
63,026
Current Ownership

City of Oakland and Alameda County

Architects

  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • HTNB

Original Dimensions:

Left
Left-Center
Center
Right-Center
Right
Backstop
330
385
410
385
330
60

1969 Dimensions:

Left
Left-Center
Center
Right-Center
Right
Backstop
330
375
400
375
330
60

1996 Dimensions:

Left
Left-Center
Center
Right-Center
Right
Backstop
330
367-362-388
400
367-362-388
330
60

McAfee Coliseum is a stadium located in Oakland, California that is used for football and baseball games.

McAfee Coliseum is home to the following sports teams:

History

In 1966, the city of Oakland constructed Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (or Oakland Coliseum for short) for two reasons: as a new stadium for the Oakland Raiders and also in an effort to lure the Kansas City Athletics to Oakland. In 1968, the Kansas City Athletics became the Oakland Athletics and began play at the new stadium. The Raiders played their first game there on September 18, 1966. The Athletics' first game was played on April 17, 1968. The stadium complex cost $25.5 million to build and rests on 120 acres (0.5 km²) of land. The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex at one time consisted of the outdoor stadium and the indoor arena. The outdoor stadium was commonly called "the Coliseum", while the arena was called "The Coliseum arena". More recently, only the stadium is called the Coliseum. The arena is now called The Arena in Oakland, and is home to the Golden State Warriors basketball team of the NBA.

In 1972, the Athletics won their first of three straight World Series championships, and their first since their years in Philadelphia. In 1982, the Oakland Raiders moved to Los Angeles, leaving the A's as the only remaining tenants of Oakland Coliseum. The 1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held at the Coliseum. During 1988-1990 the venue saw three more World Series. In 1989, the Oakland A's won their fourth Series since moving to Oakland, as "Bash Brothers" Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire of the A's defeated the San Francisco Giants in the earthquake-interrupted "Bay Bridge" Series or "BART" Series.

In July 1995, the Los Angeles Raiders agreed to return to Oakland provided that Oakland Coliseum underwent renovations. In November 1995, those renovations commenced and continued through the next summer until the beginning of the 1996 football season. The steeply-pitched stands that now span the outfield (and face the setting sun late in the day during NFL games) acquired the not-very-affectionate name "Mt. Davis", for the ever-controversial Raiders owner Al Davis. The new layout also had the somewhat peculiar effect of creating an inward jog in the outfield fence, in left-center and right-center. There are now three distance markers instead of one, at various points of the power alleys, as indicated in the dimensions grid.

Naming rights

In September 1997, UMAX Technologies agreed to acquire the naming rights to the stadium. However, following a dispute, a court decision reinstated the Oakland Coliseum name. In 1998, Network Associates agreed to pay $5.8 million over five years for the naming rights and the stadium became known as "Network Associates Coliseum," or sometimes, simply, "the Net."

In 2003, Network Associates renewed the contract for an additional five years at a cost of $6 million. In mid-2004, the Network Associates company was renamed McAfee, and shortly after that, the stadium was renamed McAfee Coliseum accordingly.

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