This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with the Oakland Athletics. All opinions are honest and my own.
What better thing to do on a Friday night than attend an Oakland A’s baseball game? My family and I had a blast at the A’s game on April 20th, which you may have caught on my Instagram page. I was having so much fun sharing all of the activities my girls discovered within the stadium, along with all of the bay area love the stadium was exuding.
This year, the A’s are focusing on being #RootedInOakland. Back in 2016, they hired a new team president which resulted in increased dedication to Oakland itself and the surrounding east bay cities. Since then, the club has spent millions of dollars in the past two off seasons to improve the Oakland Coliseum and we’re loving the upgrades. My family got the chance to enjoy some of the new amenities including Championship Plaza (new in 2017) and The Treehouse (new in 2018). Also new to the Coliseum, is the Shibe Park Tavern.
In addition to the stadium upgrades, the team on the field is improving. Young, highly-ranked prospects have joined the club for their first full season at the Major League level. These athletic, talented players are leading the A’s into a new era of highly competitive baseball, and fans are loving it.
During the 2018 season, there will be 13 Green Fridays in which the team on the field will wear their newly unveiled Kelly Green jerseys with “Oakland” on the front. Fans attending the game are also encouraged to wear green. There are also drink specials available in the ballpark bars, along with a DJ spinning in The Treehouse.
During the April 20th game we attended, fans were given a free Kelly Green jersey with #26 on it. It was such a treat to get a freebie at the game and it was so fun to see the stadium full of green.
Up in left field, fans of all ages and sizes can enjoy all of the amenities that the Treehouse has to offer. Complete with a redwood deck overlooking the field, this new area includes outdoor and indoor bars, the location of the Green Fridays’ DJ, and will often hold pregame and postgame TV and radio shows. The Treehouse is open every day of the season, and you may even want to invest in a Treehouse Pass.
The Treehouse isn’t just a new, unique space in the Oakland Coliseum, it’s also a new, unique way to get into every A’s home game. With a Treehouse Pass you’ll be able to attend every game this season and enjoy all the amenities of The Treehouse and the 2,000 General Admission seats in the second level of the outfield.
There are two ways to purchase the Treehouse pass: a monthly subscription fee of $29.99 per month for six months, or an annual fee of $120. Both options will auto-renew each season. The Treehouse Pass will be delivered directly to your mobile device via the MLB Ballpark app.
The Treehouse Pass allows access only to The Treehouse at the Oakland Coliseum, accessed exclusively through gates LL and MM. Access to the rest of the Coliseum and all the amenities it has to offer can be secured on a game-by-game basis via a paid upgrade fee. One free upgrade is included with every Treehouse Pass purchase.
Championship Plaza, located in the plaza between the Coliseum and the Arena on the west side of the ballpark, is part of the in-game experience and features gourmet food trucks, beer stands, music, games and a large video screen, making it the perfect place to gather before and during games. The gourmet food trucks are in conjunction with Food Truck Mafia, which is a fun way to taste all the unique foods.
By the 7th inning, my girls were getting a little fidgety in their seats (partially because of the large consumption of cotton candy). We took a walk around the stadium and ended up hanging out in Championship Plaza for quite some time. We really enjoyed playing a few games of cornhole, mini basketball and giant connect 4, and the girls had a chance to run around and get their wiggles out.
During the game, there is plenty of entertainment going on within the stadium. Between giant baseball player characters walking around and engaging with fans, fun music, and live interaction on the big screen, there’s plenty to do.
There are plenty of concession stands and merchandise counter throughout the stadium, so you won’t have to walk too far to get everything you need. I was pleased to find that most of the concession stand foods were so reasonably priced. Even the cotton candy being carried and sold around the stadium was only $6.50. We indulged in pizza, nachos, adult beverages and waters (for the kids). I had my eye on the garlic fries I saw other fans eating during the game, but never made it back to order any.
Peanut Controlled Zone (for those with allergies)
The Oakland Coliseum now has a peanut controlled zone for all games in 2018! No peanuts will be allowed in the designated seating area for these games. There is a limited number of seats available for each game so order your tickets as early as you can.
To purchase tickets, you will have to fill out a waiver located on the MLB website. Once completed, they will email you a link to purchase tickets.
I’m really loving seeing the A’s make a popularity comeback and I encourage Californians to get involved in the #RootedInOakland movement. Attend a game, enjoy the perks and upgrades of the Coliseum, and get active on social media by using their hashtag.