The A's have used the facility to its advantage over the years, posting a Major League-best 360-207 (.635) home record over the last seven seasons. In 2003, the A's set an Oakland record for home wins as they finished with a 57-24 (.704) record in the Coliseum, marking the most home wins in franchise history since 1931 when the Philadelphia Athletics went 60-15 at home. In addition, two of the A's World Championships have been won on the Coliseum's turf. The Coliseum's exceptional sight lines, fine weather and sizable staging areas have all contributed to its popularity among performers, promoters and the Bay Area public.
The facility is conveniently located adjacent to I-880 with two exits (Hegenberger Road/66th Avenue) leading directly to the complex. It is the only major entertainment facility with a dedicated stop on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. The Oakland International Airport is less than a two-mile drive from the Coliseum with shuttle service to several local hotels and restaurants.
In October of 1995, the Coliseum began $120 renovation project that added 22,000 new seats, 90 luxury suites, two private clubs and two state-of-the-art scoreboards.
The first crowd filled the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sept. 8, 1966, when the AFL's Oakland Raiders played the Kansas City Chiefs. The adjacent arena celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 9, 1966, when the Oakland Seals met the San Diego Gulls in hockey. In the ensuing 35 years, the facility has hosted every conceivable event in the entertainment history. Audiences numbering nearly 100 million have made the Coliseum and Arena the premier entertainment facilities in Northern California. The Mount Davis structure; during baseball season the seats are not sold and are covered with a tarp. Mount Davis is the contemptuous name given to the over 10,000 upper deck grandstand seats at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California by fans of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics. The term applies to sections 335-355 of the stadium, used only during football games (though it had been made available for expected high-attendance baseball games). The addition was constructed prior to the 1996 football season in order to accommodate Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, in a successful attempt to induce Davis to move the team back to Oakland from Los Angeles. The new stands block a spectacular view of the Oakland hills that had been a feature of the Coliseum for almost 30 years. It has been criticized as an area which has made the Oakland Coliseum look ever more like a football stadium, and not at all one for baseball. Since the 2006 season, the Athletics have covered it with a tarp, and have announced that no seats in the area will be sold under any circumstances except for a World Series appearance.
Current prices for "Mount Davis" during Raiders games range between $26-$46. The relatively narrow and steeply-pitched structure has 6 levels of seating, bringing the back row of its upper-most tier to a height rarely seen in stadiums, thus inspiring its nickname. Unfortunately for the patrons of "Mount Davis", many of them find that they have to shade their eyes from the setting sun, just as the game might be reaching a dramatic juncture; thus perhaps learning why the original layout of the stadium had only a single level of bleachers in that area, with most of the seats positioned with their backs to the sun. Another nickname for this area is "the AL-ps," also after Davis.