Has a stronger case been made for a team in need of a new stadium?
Athletics and Mariners players alike were forced to flee their respective locker rooms after Sunday’s game when the clubhouse level of the O.co Coliseum in Oakland flooded.
Apparently the flood was messy. Real messy. Disgustingly messy. Raw sewage coming up from the shower drains messy.
The waters and it’s hideous contents rushed through the training room and both teams’ showers, causing players from both teams to scramble just to get out.
I don’t envy the cleanup crew that’s trying to get the ballpark ready of the A’s next home stand. Luckily Oakland will be on the road until June 25 when they host Cincinnati. That should give the stadium enough time to air out a little.
Sunday’s debacle underscores a growing need for the Athletics’ franchise – a new ballpark.
O.co, formerly called Oakland Almeda County Stadium is dated and antiquated. It was first built in 1966, and has been renovated at the request of the NFL’s Raiders, who also call the place home, but renovations simply aren’t good enough at this point. Especially not if the pipes are going to be backing up regularly.
The A’s have been flirting with ballpark proposals for a number of years, most recently one for a park to be built in neighboring San Jose. Their proposed new home even already had a name – Cisco Field.
Expect Sunday’s incident to add further fuel to the new ballpark fire, and to likely escalate the speed with which the A’s brass moves to get a new project approved and a new move in date set.