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insted of san jose, why can´t they just build a new ballpark in oakland ?

Who, exactly, do you expect to pay for a new park?
well, can´t the city and some companys who get great advertising space in the new park get together and find the money ?

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They did in Miami, and they have zero spectators compared to the popular A´s

Isn't Oakland economically terrible?

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If I had a choice I would keep the A's over the Raiders.

I'd say just the opposite... the Raiders are a much bigger part of Oakland's civic identity than the A's; even if the Raiders haven't been so great lately.

81 home dates vs. 10 home dates pretty much favors the A's in my book. Just my opinion.
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Isn't Oakland economically terrible?

It depends. If you have no competition for the sports entertainment dollar and local television revenues during the same time of year, no, not at all.

But at various times during the year, the A's compete with the Raiders, Giants, 49'ers, Sharks, the Warriors, and the Earthquakes in a (comparatively) pro-soccer market. That competition plus having a :censored:hole for a stadium is a tough road to hoe.

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You know how certain stadiums and arenas have nicknames.

Prudential Center- The Rock

Miller Park -The Keg

I think they should call the O.co Coliseum The Ghetto because it is faling apart, its smells of raw sewage and it is ugly.

Have you ever actually been to the Coliseum, Tank?

I see it on TV and it is an eyesore, I heard stories of flooding from backed up sewage that is all I need to know.

I will grant you before Mount Davis it was a nice ballpark, but it has now been ruined for two decades the A's deserve better.

Yeah, it's really not that bad.

It certainly has earned it's reputation, but it's definitely not the smelly Call of Duty map you're making it out to be

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I've been there on two occasions and both times I had a pleasant experience. Is it the Taj Mahal? No, of course not. But I never felt like I was in a cesspool either.

I loved Shea and I know you did too Tank, but Shea was much grimier than the Coliseum still is today. I know they have sewage problems in the locker rooms but if they're going to stay for a while perhaps maybe they finally go about overhauling that problem?

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Yeah Shea was special but the Mets needed to build a new park and that is why we got Citi Morgue I mean Citi Field. The Mets told the Jets to go internally combust themselves and kept a classic look. The building of Mount Davis turned a nice stadium into a steaming pile so any nostalgia was wiped out, with all the money up in Northern California how come they cant get a new stadium elsewhere. The San Jose situation is a joke, but what about other places maybe Sacramento?

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Read that this morning in the SF Chronicle. Yeah pretty much Mayor Quan, the Oakland City Council and the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority are all nitwits. By the way Mark Davis shouldn't be owning a pro sports franchise much less anything else.

Am I the only one who sees how similar these two look?

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Ask yourselves, do you really want a guy with a Bam-Bam haircut running anything?

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"This is either smoke and mirrors, or they're on crack."

Love that quote, as well as the one in denial about demolition because "we still owe $180 million dollars on this stadium."

Also, never seen the movie, but the trailers left enough of a scar that the sight of Mark Davis conjures the image of Bucky Larson:

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Here's my outsider's opinion of O.Co.

It's a complete dump. If you go into the stadium from the BART station, you have to cross a narrow pedestrian bridge that has a big choke point in the middle where a gate locks. That choke point, as well as all along the sides of the bridge, have so many people with bootleg merchandise sprawled out that it takes a good twenty minutes to make it through the mosh pit. Oh, and that bridge crosses over a sewage runoff channel.

As you go down ramps to get to the main concourse, you encounter the metal detectors that they use for Raider games stacked against the wall surrounded by caution tape. At the same time, the extra seats for when the Raiders play? They're randomly thrown in a few piles in the parking lot.

The main concourse, when you finally get to it, is so cramped that even if you show up early, it takes forever to get to your seat because of people loitering or relatively short lines extending three-quarters of the way across.

The seating itself, especially if you're in the first few rows, is so far down from the concourse that by the time you get down that far, it's not even worth going back for any sort of food.

The view with Mt. Davis is atrocious, as is the fact that the areas surrounding both foul poles consists of a giant staircase to nowhere. And that tarp that they cover the upper deck with? It's already completely stained and faded.

Oh, and the scoreboards? They were out of date in 1992 and completely microscopic.

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Read that this morning in the SF Chronicle. Yeah pretty much Mayor Quan, the Oakland City Council and the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority are all nitwits. By the way Mark Davis shouldn't be owning a pro sports franchise much less anything else.

Am I the only one who sees how similar these two look?

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Did Al Davis marry his cousin, it looks like some inbreeding there.

Ask yourselves, do you really want a guy with a Bam-Bam haircut running anything?

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The Raiders just yesterday released something to the effect that they're working on a deal to demolish the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and put up new stadia for the A's and Raiders on the site. By 2018.

To which someone in the City of Oakland said something to the effect of it's either a bluff, or "they're on crack."

You can't help but laugh.

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