KANSAS CITY – The A’s decision to take the tarps off the third deck at the Coliseum is a big hit with the club’s manager, Bob Melvin.
The team made the announcement on Tuesday and Melvin said “I like it.”
“I think it’s great,” the manager went on to say. “And it has the charity component involved as well, so we’re all for that.”
It remains to be seen if the newly available seats, priced at $15, will increase attendance of the A’s. Oakland drew 36,067 for the opener against the Angels a week ago Monday, then drew not much more than that combined for the next three games against the Anaheim crew.
“Nowadays, with seats at 15 bucks a ticket, you’ll see some people up there,” Melvin said.
The tarps are being removed from the entire third deck bowl, although not from Mt. Davis in the outfield, adding about 12,000 seats that will be available with a 10-game homestand against the Astros, Rangers and Mariners beginning Friday.
Half the proceeds of the third-deck tickets will go to Oakland Promise, which has a vision of trying to see that every child in Oakland graduates high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and be successful in a career of his or her choice.