Ballpark Digest is previewing what every MLB team is doing to begin the season, both on and off the field, as the 2018 campaign launches this week. Up next: the Oakland A’s and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
With a new season brings new features to the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, where the Oakland A’s have worked to refine the fan experience.
Most headlines concerning facilities for the A’s are dominated by their search for a new ballpark. That process will continue to be a storyline during the 2018 season, but the A’s have made a few notable changes to the fan experience at the Coliseum.
The most striking addition to the Coliseum this year might be The Treehouse, a new social space located above the left-field bleachers. The 10,000-square-foot area will include a patio deck with a bar and lounge seating, interior space, and a redwood deck that will offer drink rail seating with views of the field.
Areas that place a significant emphasis on the social aspect of attending the game have become common amenities at ballparks around Major League Baseball, and what the A’s are planning with The Treehouse fits the bill. No special ticket will be required to access the space, and all standing room, lounge seating, and general admission seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
This season will also see some changes when it comes to the type of food offerings available at the Coliseum. Day games on Saturdays and Sundays will feature brunch at Shibe Park Tavern, with menu options including Belgian Liege Waffle, French Toast Bake, and Breakfast Melt.
New this season will be Shibe Park Tavern’s Bashin’ Brunch! Shibe Park Tavern will be THE spot for Saturday and Sunday day game brunches highlighted by the Belgian Liege Waffle, French Toast Bake, and Breakfast Melt. 🥓 pic.twitter.com/Dzo6J5pXbF
— Oakland Athletics 🌳🐘⚾ (@Athletics) March 22, 2018
Some of the Coliseum’s more unique food and drink options will be available at Shibe Park Tavern, as a modified daily menu features Tipsy Shrimp Ceviche Tacos, the 66th Street Patty Melt, and the Base on Banh Mi sandwich. For desert, the A’s have added Ice Cream Trio and Funnel Sticks. Beer offerings will also be a staple of Shibe Park Tavern, as the A’s will feature tap takeovers at various points during the season. Shibe Park Tavern is open to all fans on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The 2018 season will also see the introduction of the Impossible Burger, as Impossible Foods and Coliseum venue manager, Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, worked to bring the plant-based burger to the ballpark. The Impossible Burger will be served in two locations, including Concession Stand 123 and Shibe Park Tavern.
The Treehouse rendering courtesy Oakland A’s.