What A’s fans need to know about Tuesday’s ‘free’ game at Coliseum

Sitting in the A's dugout on opening nite 1968, Joe DiMaggio, Cal
Gov. Ronald Reagan, and Coliseum Pres. Robert Nahas. DiMaggio was a A's coach 68-69 seasons, and Reagan threw out the honorary first pitch. (Ron Riesterer / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Timing will be everything when the A’s celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first game ever at the Coliseum by admitting fans for free on Tuesday night.

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The only price fans will pay is being denied a seat if they don’t arrive early enough for the 7:30 p.m. game against the White Sox. Simply owning a ticket voucher for the game will not guarantee a seat for what’s expected to be the largest attended game in Bay Area baseball history.

Fortunately, fans with vouchers who show up and can’t get into Tuesday’s game will be issued tickets for a future game.

Even with the tarps being removed from the third deck and Mt. Davis, there were more vouchers distributed to fans than the expected 65,000 or so seats available, making it truly a first-come, first-served general admission event.

Here are some basics fans should know:

Parking is free, like any other Tuesday A’s game.
All stadium gates will open at 4:30 p.m. The gate for season ticket holders will open at 3:30 p.m.
Fans are being asked to not save seats.
All seats in sections 106 through 128 will be reserved for season ticket members until the game begins.
As you can imagine, the lines for food and drinks will be long, even with all concession stands in the stadium being opened. The wait may be made easier by thinking about all the money you saved getting into the stadium?
In addition to giving away seats, the A’s will hand out 50th anniversary tote bags to the first 35,000 fans.

Sitting in the A’s dugout on opening night, April 17, 1968, are Joe DiMaggio, California governor Ronald Reagan, and Coliseum President Robert Nahas. DiMaggio was an A’s coach in 1968 and ’69, and Reagan threw out the honorary first pitch. (Ron Riesterer / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives) There will likely be 10,000 or more fans showing up Tuesday than the Coliseum-record crowd of 55,989 who watched the A’s play the Giants in June of 2004. However, since Major League Baseball’s attendance figures are based on tickets sold, there will be no official entry into the record books.

Fifty years ago Tuesday, 47,233 fans showed up to witness the A’s first game at the Coliseum.

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