OAKLAND, CA – Try to wrap your mind around this: the Coliseum as a drawing card for foodies, beer lovers and baseball history aficionados.
For years, decades even, the food and beverage options at the A’s stadium have been mediocre at best, and the nods to the team’s rich past only cursory. Under new team President Dave Kaval, that is changing; there will be added dining options, a new tavern and an embrace of the team’s history.
Each game, there will be eight to 16 gourmet food trucks, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, on the plaza between the Coliseum and Oracle Arena, and a big video board will allow fans to patronize the trucks and play bocce ball and other games without missing any action. The plaza will be renamed Champions Pavilion and will feature flags from all nine team titles, going back to the Philadelphia A’s.
Connie Mack’s teams are referenced again at the new Shibe Park Tavern, which will include artifacts from the team’s primary Philadelphia stadium, including brickwork; A’s director of stadium operations David Rinetti worked with the Philadelphia A’s Historical Society to find photos and memorabilia to display. And not least, the tavern, formerly the West Side Club, will feature 24 beers on tap after a $1 million renovation.