It was a packed house at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday, when the Oakland A’s drew over 56,000 fans for the largest baseball crowd in Coliseum history.
For Saturday’s interleague matchup against the San Francisco Giants, the A’s drew a reported total of 56,310 fans. That not only accounts for the largest single-game attendance figure thus far in the 2018 Major League Baseball season, but also the largest baseball crowd in the Coliseum’s history.
The action on the field also made it a memorable night at the Coliseum, as the A’s–who have been on a hot streak since mid-June and enter Monday’s action just three games behind the Seattle Mariners for the second Wild Card spot–defeated the Giants 4-3 in 11 innings. More from the East Bay Times:
On a night where Mount Davis was re-opened to the public for the first time in 13 years, 56,310 fans packed the house to set the record for the largest crowd ever at the Coliseum, as well as the largest attendance for a MLB game this season, to watch Jonathan Lucroy walk it off for a 4-3 victory over the Giants in 11 innings Saturday night.
Matt Chapman and Chad Pinder got the two-out rally in the 11th started with back-to-back singles against Will Smith. Lucroy, who entered the game in the tenth as a defensive replacement, then flipped a single to the right field gap that drove home Chapman for the winning run.
“I’ve played in front of a lot of people in a dome when it gets real loud. It’s pretty intense,” Lucroy said. “It’s fun to be on the field for that and any time you get that energy from the crowd it really is a special time. I wish we could do that every night here.”
Tonight’s attendance: 56,310
The largest attendance in Oakland A’s Coliseum history.
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That this milestone occurred during what is the A’s 50th anniversary in Oakland is fairly notable. The team has created plenty of memories at the Coliseum since moving there in 1968, and Saturday’s game is one that will enter the record books.