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Shaded Seats at Oakland Coliseum

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The Athletics currently call the Oakland Coliseum their home. Even though the Raiders have since departed for Las Vegas, the As will play one final season in the only multi-purpose stadium leftover from a previous era. The Coliseum is a no-frills venue, with unique features like base line bullpens and Mount Davis towering over center field. The Bay Area is known for its relatively mild climate, and Oakland receives plenty of sun. Thus, Athletics fans can use this guide to identify the shaded seats at Oakland Coliseum.

Where are the shaded seats at Oakland Coliseum?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Oakland Coliseum are located:

  • Behind Home Plate: Gradually becomes shaded during the afternoon
  • 3rd Base Line: Shaded for late afternoon and evening games
  • Under cover: Base line rows farthest from the field are covered

In the 2024 season, about half of the As schedule is day games (12:37 p.m. or 1:07 p.m.), while the other half is evening games (6:40 p.m.). There are a small number of miscellaneous start times mixed in as well. For specific details about sections and different start times, please continue reading.

Oakland Coliseum Orientation to the Sun

The Oakland Coliseum is oriented with home plate facing northeast. Each morning the sun rises over center field, swings around the right field foul pole around noon, curves behind home plate about 3:00 and sets behind the 3rd base side of the stadium. This configuration makes the 3rd base side the “shade” side but only for evening games. Shade is hard to come by during day games but it exists if you know exactly where to look.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Athletics Afternoon Games

Shade is challenging to find during day games in Oakland. At the start of the game, the sun will be high above right field. By around 3:00 p.m., it will move to a position closer to home plate. However, since the As start their day games relatively early, the sun will be high and cast short shadows. This means the majority of seats are sunny, with the exception of those located under an overhang. Shade seekers should look for a seat close to home plate at field level or plaza level. Sections 113-121 and 213-221 are usually the best options. Just make sure to pick a seat toward the back so you’re under the overhang.

Unlike many dedicated baseball stadiums, the Oakland Coliseum has no roof over the upper level. However, this may not even matter. With the Athletics likely moving to by the end of the decade, attendance has been low, and the upper-level sections are generally not even needed or used.

Sun on the stands at Oakland Athletics Stadium

Shade is sparse at the start of a day game. Only seats under and overhang are reliably shaded.
Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Athletics Evening Games

Shade is easier to find late in the day. The As start their evening games early at 6:40 p.m., and at this time, the sun is positioned behind the 3rd base side of the stadium. This makes the 3rd base line the “shade side.” Shade seekers should look for seats in sections 114-130 and 214-229. After the initial innings, most seats along the 3rd baseline should be out of the sun.

The sunniest seats are in the outfield. While Mount Davis is unlikely to be used for an As game, lower-level sections 135-150 will be in the sun. Seats in the right field corner, sections 103-105, 200-204 and the Budweiser Hero Deck, will experience potential glare in the early innings until sunset.

Shadows on the stands at Oakland Athletics Stadium

By late-afternoon, the 3rd base line becomes the “shade side” while the 1st base line and right field sections are still in the sun.
Stephen A. Arce/ASP Inc/Icon Sportswire

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