The Oakland Arena is an indoor multipurpose facility based in Oakland, California and home to the Golden State Warriors, where fans have made it one of the loudest arenas in the game. “Roaracle” opened its doors in 1966 as the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Arena, making it the oldest arena in the National Basketball Association. After undergoing a facelift in 1997, it was renamed The Arena in Oakland until 2005 before becoming the Oakland Arena. Locals often refer to this historic venue as the Oakland Coliseum Arena due to its location adjacent to the RingCentral Coliseum. The newly renovated venue sits on 132 acres with an ample 10,000 parking spaces on site, making it easy to commute for the next big event. In addition, its location in a metropolitan area allows for easy access via highway, public transportation, or even by foot with a convenient pedestrian bridge.Amid its name changes and renovations, The Oakland Arena has seen several big basketball and ice hockey games, as well as hosted some of the biggest names in music for fans to enjoy. Are you planning a visit soon? We’ve put together a guide with everything you need to know about the Oakland Arena, from fast facts to insider tips on parking and concessions.
Oakland Arena Fast Facts
|Owner:||Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Authority|
|Operated By:||Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)|
|Architecture firms:||Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, HNTB (renovation)|
|Construction cost:||$24 million|
|Seating capacity:||19,596; Concert: 20,000; Ice hockey: 17,200|
|Opened:||November 9, 1966|
|Address:||7000 Coliseum Way Oakland, California|
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Oakland Arena Features
- BMW Club, an exclusive pre and post-event entertainment space offering a spacious social area, upscale dining, a lounge and TV monitors.
- Premium seat options such as the MOJO Theater Boxes that offer a view of both basketball and concert events, featuring plush, private seating. Other options include the BevMo Party Deck and EFFEN Vodka Penthouse
- Levy Restaurants, one of America’s fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies, that leads premium sports and entertainment dining.
- Convenient shuttles that transport visitors from the parking lot to the steps of the arena, and a pedestrian bridge that connects from RingCentral Coliseum
- 10,000 parking spaces to relieve the stress of driving on big event days.
Directions To Oakland Arena
From the West:
Take 80 Bay Bridge East and exit on 880 South towards Hayward / San Jose.
Exit on 66th Avenue and make a left onto 66th Avenue.
Turn right into the Oakland Arena's Coliseum Parking
From the East:
Take 580 West onto 238 West.
From there, go North on 880 towards Oakland.
Exit onto Hegenberger Road/Coliseum and make a left on Edes Avenue.
Head straight onto South Coliseum Way to arrive at the Oakland Arena
From the North:
Take 880 South towards Hayward/San Jose and exit onto 66th Avenue.
Make a right and you’ll see the Oakland Arena and the Coliseum Parking.
From the South:
Take 880 North towards Oakland and exit onto Hegenberger Road/Coliseum.
Make a left on Edes Avenue and stay straight onto S. Coliseum Way.
You’ll see it on the right.
Oakland Arena Insider Tips
Oakland Arena Entrance Map
Oakland Arena Parking
Considering the large number of parking spaces at the Oakland Arena, finding a spot is not too difficult to come by, although there are fees that vary in price depending on the event.
For concerts and other events:
Car & Motorcycle: $40
Parking gates open 2 hours prior to the event start time and arena doors open 1 hour before the scheduled event time.
For Golden State Warriors games:
Car & Motorcycle: $40
Parking gates open 2 hours prior to game start and doors open 1.5 hours prior to game start.
For Oakland Athletics:
Car & Motorcycle: $30
Parking gates open 2.5 hours prior to game start for most games.
Parking fees can be paid in cash or with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card and include a city tax. Guests have often commented on the high prices for parking and the traffic that occurs when exiting the lots, as there is only one exit and entrance.
Oakland Arena Tailgating
Visitors to the Oakland Arena recommend tailgating before a game for the full game day experience. The tailgating process at the venue is orderly and fair, ensuring that tailgaters have a fun time with family and friends. There are plenty of police patrolling the area, maintaining the safety of the plenty of partiers. The only complaint from visitors is that there can be long lines for the porta potties and guests recommend there should be more.
You can tailgate in the Oakland Arena and the RingCentral Coliseum lots. One parking spot per vehicle is allowed and are filled up on a first come, first service basis. The spots are 20 feet long; vehicles that are longer will be charged an oversized rate.
If you plan on joining the fun, make sure you keep these rules in mind:
- Tailgating is limited to the area directly in front of or behind your vehicle
- You cannot tailgate in empty spaces
- Patrons cannot reserve additional spaces for themselves or others
- Guests cannot pay for an additional parking spot (1 spot per vehicle only)
- Tailgate set ups and vehicles must remain behind the red line to allow for emergency service vehicles to pass through
- Tailgating is not permitted after events
- Raider game tailgating ends at kick off
- No animals allowed except service animals
Oakland Arena Prohibited Items:
- Glass containers
- Animals (except for service animals)
Other tips when tailgating include locking your vehicle before going to the event and hiding anything valuable. Also, make sure you clean up after yourselves and dump any hot coals in the appropriate bins.
Oakland Arena Security
Guests to the Oakland Arena have stated that the security process is relatively smooth and the staff is very helpful. When passing through the entrance gates you must get your bag checked. These checks will 30 minutes after the event so make sure you’re on time! Any items not claimed after an event will be sent to Lost and Found for a maximum of 30 days. There is a $10 fee per each checked bag.
The following items are allowed:
- Bags smaller than 14"x14"x6"
- Tablet computers
- Empty soft plastic bottles
- Still cameras with lenses shorter than 3 inches and camera cases
- Medical supplies
Other Ways to Get To Oakland Arena
If you’d rather avoid the hassle of driving and paying for parking, the Oakland public transportation system has got you covered. You have three options: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Capitol Corridor (AmTrak), and AC Transit. There is a multimodal station adjacent to the arena that integrates all three transportation services so no matter which method you choose, you’ll end up steps away from the action.
The Oakland Arena Experience
Seating at the Oakland Arena is a hit or miss, according to fans. They recommend staying away from the upper level seats as it looks like you are watching people watch a concert or game. Lower level seats are the way to go. In addition, seats on the edges by the stairs can get obstructed by people constantly coming and going.
The bathrooms are kept very clean but are too small and are in odd locations relative to the seating, making it more of a hassle to find one. If you have to go, don’t wait until the last minute!
The concessions are too few with long lines, according to some reports, and are very expensive so we suggest eating a heavy meal beforehand.
The arena itself seems a bit old, but the sound quality is good and there are two large screens on either side for enhanced viewing.
10 Closest Hotels to Oakland Arena
Days Hotel Oakland Airport-Coliseum
8350 Edes Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport
8400 Edes Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
Comfort Inn & Suites
8452 Edes Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
Motel 6 Oakland Airport
8480 Edes Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites
170 Hegenberger Loop, Oakland, CA 94621
Oakland Airport Executive Hotel
150 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA 94621
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oakland – Airport
77 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA 94621
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Oakland-Airport
66 Airport Access Rd, Oakland, CA 94603
Hilton Oakland Airport
One Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA 94621
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