The Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum Arena


Address 7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone (510) 569-2121
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Date Built 1966
City of Oakland
(City of Oakland)
Cost of Renovation Unknown
Arena Financing City and County Bonds.
  Other Facts  
Tenants Golden State Warriors
(NBA) (1971-Present)
Former Tenants California Seals
(NHL) (1967)
Oakland Seals
(NHL) (1967-1970)
California Golden Seals
(NHL) (1970-1976)
Oakland Skates (RHI)
California Golden Bears (NCAA)
Population Base 5,600,000
On Site Parking 9,600
Nearest Airport 2 Miles
Hockey 13,061
Basketball 15,025
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Attendance History  

Sources: Mediaventures

The Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals were the Bay Area's ill conceived first attempt at NHL hockey. Along with St. Louis, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles, they were one of the six expansion teams for the 1967-68 season. Playing at the Oakland/Alameda Coliseum, they struggled throughout their life. Their life ended after the 1975-76 season, when they moved and became the Cleveland Barons

The Seals only trip to the playoffs was following the 1968-69 season, when they lost to Los Angeles in seven Games.

The Oakland Alameda County Coliusem was a joint building project for the City of Oakland and the County of Alameda in the years 1965-66. The purpose of the building was to attract major league sports franchise's and it was successful. The City wound up with the Oakland Seals of the National Hockey League when the League expanded to twelve teams in 1967 and they also attracted the San Francisco Warriors of the National Basketball League who later became the Golden State Warriors, drawing them away from San Francisco, just nine miles away across the Bay bridge.

The circular building was built with a steel frame with glass surrounding the entire structure. It was elavated so that when you walk in to the seating area you are actually about 50 rows up and look down on the ice surface and if you're lucky enough to have lower seats you have to walk down to your seats unlike most areans where you walk up.

Now that I've said all this, you might be in for surprize if you were to walk in to watch a hockey game in 1998. The Colisum board has decided to gut the entire insides and rebuild the coliseum structure from the inside out. The contractors are going to dig down fifty feet below the current ground level, so some five thousand more seats can be added. they also expect to add luxuary boxes and the latest technolgy in sound and lighting. The new seating capacity will accomadate between seventeen and 18,000 fans for hockey.

Conn symthe The late owner and president of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League said upon entering the old building in the early seventies for the first time "if they ever have a fire in here everyone will get out" you see the hall ways are at least 15 feet wide and they seem to be everywhere, especially leading to the exits.

As written by Barry Keast

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