From building materials to field dimensions, the O.co Coliseum is not quite like any other stadium I've seen. In part, this is because the coliseum is the only venue in America to currently host both NFL and MLB games. The Oakland Raiders play their games north to south, perpendicular to the direction of play for baseball, east to west. Given the field width (160 feet plus room for benches) needed to fit a football field into a baseball stadium, there is more foul territory in Oakland than in any other stadium. According to Park Factors, the foul territory makes O.co an "extreme pitcher's park," producing 78 home runs for every 100 hit at an average major league stadium. The liberal use of concrete, much of which is painted green and off-white, gives this stadium a funky, throw-back look few other stadiums have. In terms of building materials, the closest comparable stadium to O.co is probably Tropicana Field.
The game I shot was on a Thursday at 12:35 p.m. In general, weekday games played during the day are less well-attended because many fans work a traditional 9-5 schedule. This generality held true at the A's game and many of the fans I met were diehards who maneuvered their schedules to be at most or all of the A's home games. These fans' commitment to the A's was impressive. Below, along with shots of the stadiums, are images of some of the diehards I met at the game.
The A's dominated the Astros, never trailing in the game. Newly acquired pitcher Jeff Samardzija threw a gem of eight innings and one-run ball.
Final Score: A's 13, Astros 1.