AKA: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA; McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, CA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures - stadiums

Designers: Atkinson, Guy F., Company, Building Contractors (firm); HNTB Architecture, Incorporated (firm); Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, (SOM), San Francisco, CA (firm); Tutor-Saliba Corporation, Building Contractors (firm); Guy Frederick Atkinson (building contractor); Edward Charles Bassett (architect); Myron Goldsmith (architect/engineer); John Ogden Merrill (architect); Nathaniel Alexander Owings (architect); Nagao Sakurai (landscape architect); N. M. Saliba (building contractor); Louis Skidmore Sr. (architect); Albert Garrow Tutor (building contractor); Ronald Newton Tutor (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1964-1966

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7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621-1917

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The Coliseum's boundaries are as follows: Center field (NE), San Leandro Street and Southern Pacific Railroad tracks; third base (NW), 66th Avenue; home plate (SW), Nimitz Freeway (I-880); first base (SE), Hegenberger Road. Located just off Interstate 880, the Coliseum can be approached via two exits, via Hegenberger Road or 66th Avenue.

The $25.5 million Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was built originally to house the Oakland Raiders American League football team, and the Athletics American League Major League Baseball team moved here from Kansas City, MO, in 1968. The Raiders played their first game here, 09/08/1966, while the A's played their first home games at the Coliseum, 04/17/1968. The Guy F. Atkinson Company served as General Contractor in the construction operation of 1964-1966. In late 1998, the software maker, Network Associates, paid $5.8 million for the naming rights to the Coliseum. Network Associates changed its corporate name to McAfee in 2004, and so, too, did the Coliseum. The City of Oakland and Alameda County share in the ownership of the Coliseum and the nearby Coliseum Arena. By the 2010s, the coliseum was seen as a wreck by some, particularly after 1996 alterations added seating to satisfy the Oakland Raiders' mercurial owner, Al Davis. Several attempts by its two tenants, the Raiders and the A's, to build new facilities elsewhere have failed.

The building has had several commercial sponsors over the years: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1966-1998, 2008-2011), Network Associates Coliseum (1998-2004), McAfee Coliseum (2004-2008), Overstock.com Coliseum or "O.co Coliseum" (2011-present). Because of a legal fight, the Oakland Athletics refused to use the O.co name, referring to the building by its original name.

The stadium underwent a major renovation from 10/1995-05/1996, when alterations were made for the Oakland Raiders, who moved back to the Bay Area from Los Angeles (where they had played for 12 years). This renovation originally to have cost $100 million grew to $200 million; it paid for the removal of the outfield's bleachers, and the addition of two 40,000-square-foot restaurant/bars, 22,000 seats, 125 luxury "sky box" suites, a 9000-square-foot kitchen, two new color video boards and two matrix scoreboards. HNTB designed the alterations, with Tutor-Saliba serving as General Contractors. Some fans--particularly baseball fans--have called this addition mockingly, "Mount Davis," an intrusion in what had been an attractive and simple interior design. It was in the late 1980s a very pleasant place to see a game.

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