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 This one was due to the outdated O.co Coliseum.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:
Unfortunately, this isn't just a little water entering the clubhouse either. Again, Slusser goes into detail:
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:
This was enough for Drayer to agree with Slusser on the need for a new facility.
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.