Here at JustBlogBaby, we have been talking a lot about the O.co Coliseum’s issues and the fight between the City of Oakland and Mark Davis for a new stadium to house the Raiders. It often gets tedious, but man does the O.co make it hard for us to not have to roll our eyes and report another story about its age creeping up on the teams that share the venue. Mostly the Athletics, who can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to sewage back up in their dugouts.
Via Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today, the term “seventh-inning stretch” acquired a very new and unwelcome meaning on Tuesday night, according to ProFootballTalk
In June, sewage invaded both clubhouses. Last night, it backed up into the dugout. As you can see from the photo above, it got kind of gross.
“There’s no carpet down there [in the dugout],so it’s a little bit better, but it’s still pretty gross,” A’s infielder Jed Lowrie said. “It’s kind of repulsive, honestly.”
It is getting to the point where the Oakland Coliseum is struggling to maintain the ability to house two major sports teams and the tens of thousands of fans who attend 81 Athletics games and 8 Oakland Raiders games a year. Oakland’s lease with the O.co is up this year, and Mayor Quan has been leading the charge of the city in dragging its feet on the matter, even showing up late to meetings with the NFL. It doesn’t look good for the future of Oakland’s sports tradition when things like this happen. With the A’s playoff push almost here, we should just hope that the dated facilities at the Coliseum don’t embarrass the City. Housing 48, 000 fans when the tarps are removed, the O.co sewage system will be put to the test come the MLB Playoffs.