Everyone has known by now that the Oakland (Don’t call it O.co) Coliseum is a dump. Well yesterday it was a literal dump as sewage backup at the ballpark/football field caused the locker rooms of the Oakland A’s and the visiting Seattle Mariners to get flooded, resulting in chaos and once again restarting the grumblings that have been going on for years that the A’s and Raiders need a new home in the Bay.
According to the A’s, this is somewhat of a regular occurrence during the summer at the Coliseum, which is on its dying days and is one of the more “vintage” facilities in the NFL. The sewage system backs up a lot, and not just on days when it’s full of fans who are giving the system a big workload. Now it is at the point where it has become a rallying cry by A’s players to receive a new stadium.
“Make sure everybody finds out about this sewage thing,” A’s player A.J. Griffin told Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News. “We need to get a new stadium.”
Nobody involved in both the Raiders and Athletics organizations seems to be happy that their franchises are stuck in a building that would need major (costly) renovations just to get on par with some of the more modern venues in their respective leagues. Specifically the Raiders, whose hatred for the Coliseum at times has caused the Davis regime to threaten relocation to get into a new building.
It is a shame that a building that is filled with passionate Oakland sports fans (Well at least for Raiders games) is so subpar and poorly ran. The debate for a new stadium is not going to go away and it a new building is eventually going to come in Oakland provided the Raiders and Athletics stay in the city, but this debate and battle is not going to go away. This embarrassing sewage incident is just another reminder that the days of the Coliseum are likely numbered.