O.co Coliseum is the last multi-purpose stadium home to two full-time professional teams. The Oakland Raiders National Football League team and the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team share O.co Coliseum and each have interesting historical backgrounds. The Raiders were involved in the stadium's first game ever on September 18, 1966. The Athletics debuted O.co Coliseum on April 17, 1968.
Backstory and Context
On the other hand, the Oakland Athletics franchise has won a total of nine World Series Championships with the most recent being in 1989. The Athletics first game at O.co was on April 17, 1968 when the Baltimore Orioles visited the Oakland Athletics and defeated the Athletics by a score of 4-1. Hall of Fame standout Reggie Jackson was batting second playing right field for the Athletics. The game had an attendance of 50,164 people. There have been a total of seven retired player numbers in the Oakland Athletics Franchise. The group of men are headlined by Jackie Robinson and Reggie Jackson, both outstanding players for the Athletics. "First A's Game at O.co Coliseum"
While both teams play on the same field, it is astonishing at how much money and time it takes to convert the football field into a baseball field, and vice versa. The switch from field to field costs about $250,000 and takes anywhere between eighteen and twenty hours! First, the outfield is transformed so it is more suitable for either field, then a total of 6,000 sideline seats are placed on carts. Next, large amounts of plywood are placed in center field so two large cranes can move the sets of bleachers around. Lastly, the main pitchers mound and both bullpen mounds are removed, lines are painted, and sod is placed on parts of the field to make it suitable for football to be played at O.co. "Baseball to Football Field"