Things got messy at the Athletics vs. Mariners game on Sunday.
The A's beat the Mariners 10-2, but the ugliness wasn't because of the lopsided score, a beaning, a brawl or anything else that happened during the game. This one was due to the outdated O.co Coliseum.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser explains:
#Athletics need a new stadium: a flood on clubhouse level means both teams showering in Raiders locker room.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) June 16, 2013
Unfortunately, this isn't just a little water entering the clubhouse either. Again, Slusser goes into detail:
It's raw sewage coming up from the shower drains by the way. I'm told some hideous details I don't want to share. New building, please.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) June 16, 2013
Considering the unpleasant circumstances, it's understandable why Slusser decided discretion was needed on the details.
The stadium faltered enough that both teams were bounced from their locker rooms, but that doesn't mean the awkward shower scene was avoided. Shannon Drayer of 710 AM in Seattle brings this update:
Unbelievable. Pipes backing up in both clubhouses. Mariners scrambling to get out. Training room and showers flooded and not stopping.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) June 16, 2013
This was enough for Drayer to agree with Slusser on the need for a new facility.
Never seen anything like this before. Get these poor people a new stadium. #A's— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) June 16, 2013
The O.co is the home for both the Athletics and the NFL's Oakland Raiders, and it is safe to say that both franchises would like a new stadium.
The O.co, formerly Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, opened in 1966. It cost $25.5 million to build. It did undergo renovations in 1995 and '96, and the bill for that work ran up to $200 million. Those changes were made as part of deal to usher the return of the Raiders to Oakland.
It's hard to argue over the need for a new facility in Oakland, especially in light of this most recent situation.