Swap the green for black, and the Athletics for the Raiders, and that's what you'll see in 2013. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Oakland Raiders Render Mt. Davis Useless With More Tarps

I remember as a youngster going to games at the Oakland Coliseum to see the A’s play quite often with my dad.  I remember the ugly orange seats, the ice plant beyond the concourse in the outfield, the beautiful views of the Oakland Hills.  The Coliseum was a wonderful place to see a baseball game.  Then after a brief hiatus in Los Angeles, the Raiders came back to Oakland.  From that arose the monstrosity that came to be known as Mount Davis.

The construction took place during the baseball season, it was load and annoying to say the least.  Once it was completed, things were never the same.  What was once a nice vintage baseball stadium had become an ugly multi purpose stadium that would get chewed up every year by the rechristened Oakland Raiders.

Fast forward to the present day, the A’s are still there, desperately in need of a new stadium that will likely never be decided upon by Bud Selig and his cronies, attendance has bottomed out, and it’s all because of that massive structure beyond the outfield walls.

Then today word came out through Raiders CEO Amy Trask that all of the seats on top of Mt. Davis and a few sections of the 300 level would be tarped off for the 2013 NFL season.  Words simply cannot describe how infuriating this news is.  The Raiders destroyed everything that was great about the Coliseum in order to add enough seats to properly suit an NFL team, only to fail to fill those seats consistently over nearly two decades, and now they’ll just cover them up.

This is a move that will upset Raiders fans, upset Athletics fans, and just make the franchise look worse than it already does.  The A’s felt a public relations backlash when they decided to tarp of the 300 level seats, and they’re still joked about several years later.  It’s one thing for an MLB team to do this when they have a 81 game home schedule to deal with, but the Raiders play just 8 games during their regular season, so the fact that they can’t fill the stadium speaks volumes about the operation the Raiders have going.

I don’t want to pile on, but I can’t help but hold the late Al Davis and the Raiders partially responsible for the state of the Athletics because of what they did to the Coliseum.  If they hadn’t done this, perhaps we could have had a Kauffman Stadium-like renovation that turned an outdated ballpark into a massively upgraded one.  I’m sure it’s not as nice as some of the newly built ballparks around the league, but it sure has to be better than the O.co.  For the Oakland fans, all that can be done is to wonder what if.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BCHLGRVGSXAOFGV5NAGC6MRXHU Gordo

    If you want to blame someone, blame certain members (ex-members) of Oakland City council who had it all worked out to bring the Raiders back to Oakland.

    The “return” was unprecedented as not in the history of sports has the same Team returned to it’s City after once leaving.

    Remember the OAKLAND A’s were once from Missouri! Yeah that’s right.

    But back on the subject. The City was not prepared to bring back the Raiders. What they did was band-aid the stadium they had, when they should have started building a new one right then and there. Plenty of room on all sides, even half over the water, oh wait whats this an old swap meet? THAT construction deal should have been cut then. The Raiders could have played in the very stadium they left waiting for the new one to be built. Instead they got Mt. Davis and the East Bay Club improvements and nothing else. Oh yeah, they did get a bunch of lies about ticket sales and the OFMA.

    IF the former A’s ownership wanted a new ballpark back then why oh why didn’t they fight for one. If the current A’s owner wanted to stay in Oakland he would be hunting down a new classy ballpark deal. But he is ONLY looking at San Jose, oh yeah after the Fremont deal dropped like a rock. Fremont A’s indeed!

    I want the best for both Teams. There is plenty of room in the spot where they are at. There is transportation and now with the new People Mover connection to OAK Airport access to more hotels, food etc.

    So why isnt the current A’s ownership fighting for a new Oakland stadium too?

  • Robert Anderson

    I completely agree with this article. As a long time Oakland resident and an A’s fan, I find the whole thing infuriating. I too used to enjoy baseball games with the iceplant, views of the hills, and even the breeze. Mt. Davis screwed up the Coliseum forever. And the Raiders can’t even fill the seats?

    Is it any wonder that a lot of Oakland A’s fans actually prefer the Niners?