Not in six years have the Oakland A’s hosted a postseason game at the Coliseum. In case you haven’t heard, the A’s will un-tarp Mt. Davis and host the Tampa Bay Rays for the 2019 American League wild card game on Wednesday, and more than 48,000 tickets have been sold for the event, per the team. With Mt. Davis, the Coliseum’s capacity can reach around 57,000 (the record is 56,310 for a July, 2018 game against the San Francisco Giants).
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And it wasn’t a pretty sight. The 2012 Detroit Tigers took them to the ALDS’s fifth game, where a young Justin Verlander tossed eight shutout innings to boot the A’s right out of contention on their home turf.
Since then, the A’s ventured into two wild card games on the road: a loss in 12 innings to the Kansas City Royals and a gut-punch last year at Yankee Stadium.
So the Coliseum and A’s fans waited long enough for another shot to make their mark and play their drums for an elite team on the rise.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports