One of the reasons we like the Victory Court site so much is that it can bring the urban ballpark experience to downtown Oakland and to the Jack London Square area, much like the ballparks in Denver, Baltimore and San Francisco.
Currently, the Coliseum lacks such an atmosphere, as it is surrounded by a huge parking lot on the edge of town. We here at BaseballOakland want to bring some of that atmosphere to the A's experience. We also also want to build community among A's fans and support local businesses.
So, starting this Friday (April 29) evening, we will start a new tradition: Friday Night Downtown "Tailgates." The plan is to enjoy an "A's happy hour" at a local bar in downtown Oakland from about 5 to 6 p.m., and then take BART to the Coliseum to watch the A's game in person. We hope that more A's fans will enjoy the existing active urban life here in Oakland and combine it with the fun of going to the games.
Our first event will begin at 5 p.m. this Friday at Z Cafe & Bar, located at 2735 Broadway St., near 27th Street. Its a short walk to the 19th Street BART Station.
Around 6 p.m. or so, we'll then head to BART and go watch the A's battle an old AL West rival, the Texas Rangers.
Hope to see you there at Z Cafe!