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Sewage issues strike again at Oakland Coliseum

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Something stinks in Oakland.  So far this season, it’s not the football team that plays there.

For the second time in 2013, however, the baseball team that shares a stadium with the Raiders has experienced sewage problems in the building.  Via Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today, the term “seventh-inning stretch” acquired a very new and unwelcome meaning on Tuesday night.

In June, sewage invaded both clubhouses.  Last night, it backed up into the dugout.

“There’s no carpet down there [in the dugout], so it’s a little bit better, but it’s still pretty gross,” A’s infielder Jed Lowrie said.  “It’s kind of repulsive, honestly.”

While the current situation was isolated to one toilet (does Bartolo Colon have an alibi?), there’s a concern that things could get interesting during the playoffs, when capacity swells from 35,000 to 48,000.

Raiders owner Mark Davis has made it clear that he wants to build a new stadium in Oakland.  Those concerns surely will intensify if/when the Black Hole ever becomes a brown mess.

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36 Responses to “Sewage issues strike again at Oakland Coliseum”
  1. ccjcsr says: Sep 18, 2013 10:02 AM

    Talk about a crappy situation!

    #thatstinks

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:03 AM

    Those concerns surely will intensify if/when the Black Hole ever becomes a brown mess.
    _________________________

    Surely renaming it the Brown Hole would be an easy fix and a better description of what to expect from the Raiders.

  3. oakfolk says: Sep 18, 2013 10:07 AM

    New stadium or LA! The time is NOW!

  4. nationalmediacansuckit says: Sep 18, 2013 10:13 AM

    I don’t know about the sewage, but seeing that HUGE tarp on the entire top deck was hilarious. And then the commentator said Raiders are one of the most loyal fan bases. Com’ on man.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink says: Sep 18, 2013 10:15 AM

    Lets see,stadium seats tarped due to attendance issues.Stadium is old and not in the nicest location of town.Plumbing needs to be fixed.City is ready to declare bankruptcy.

    Now taking the field your Los Angeles Raiders!

  6. racerx1225 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:22 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:03 AM
    Those concerns surely will intensify if/when the Black Hole ever becomes a brown mess.
    _________________________

    Surely renaming it the Brown Hole would be an easy fix and a better description of what to expect from the Raiders.
    =========================

    Hows being 0-2 feel? As good as when you lost to the worst Raider team in history under Art Shell? lol.

  7. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Sep 18, 2013 10:23 AM

    Time to pony up NFL and get the Raiders a new stadium just like you have for every other NFL team. I think the NFL has made plenty of money off the Raiders. Obviously not over the last ten yrs but still a franchise that if you support it will make you some more. Al Davis is dead let it go.

  8. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Sep 18, 2013 10:27 AM

    If you build they will come

  9. tdrizzle74 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:33 AM

    Come on…this is too easy.

  10. chargersdiehard says: Sep 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    Time to move…..to the cfl or arena ball. Sec might be a littlw too tough on the raiders.

  11. yourmomsnewfriend says: Sep 18, 2013 10:42 AM

    nationalmediacansuckit says: Sep 18, 2013 10:13 AM

    I don’t know about the sewage, but seeing that HUGE tarp on the entire top deck was hilarious. And then the commentator said Raiders are one of the most loyal fan bases. Com’ on man.

    – – – –

    Yeah, the “loyal fans” that always pop up here fail to mention that they have been shutting down more and more of that dirty old black pit for the past many years, to be able to cheat the numbers. On top of that, they have the cheapest tickets in the league (tied with the Jags).

    But the sewage thing is the proverbial icing on the cake. At least human waste wants to come watch the games…

  12. crush22 says: Sep 18, 2013 10:54 AM

    Commitment To Excrement!

  13. 12444uggg says: Sep 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    One of the few times in the last 20 years a new stadium actually is necessary.

  14. sbchampsagain says: Sep 18, 2013 11:00 AM

    YOUR London Raidahs!

  15. nflfan1326 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:03 AM

    According to PFT readers, we’ll have 5 teams in LA before the decade is out. You can have the LA Division. Government in the once golden state will have to change for even one team to be there, however, and I mean even down to dog catcher.

  16. nflfan1326 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:04 AM

    @crush22 Absolutely fantastic!

  17. uwsptke says: Sep 18, 2013 11:07 AM

    Seventh-inning stretch? More like the seventh-inning stench, amirite?

  18. twilson962 says: Sep 18, 2013 11:16 AM

    Sooooo many jokes are possible. Sooooooo many jokes.

  19. scarletmacaw says: Sep 18, 2013 11:25 AM

    At least it’s not MRSA.

  20. frankiemontana says: Sep 18, 2013 11:27 AM

    cue humbolt in, wait for it, wait for it,3,2,1

  21. richndc says: Sep 18, 2013 11:36 AM

    “hey, how’s the kid doin today?”

    “bah, it’s all deuces, Charlie, all deuces!”

  22. granadafan says: Sep 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    Perhaps the BILLIONAIRES in the NFL could dig some change out of their coats or get a loan to build their own damned lavish palaces. The taxpayers of Alameda County are still paying for the last renovation (Mount Davis).

  23. sicklnick121 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:42 PM

    chargersdiehard says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:39 AM
    Time to move…..to the cfl or arena ball. Sec might be a littlw too tough on the raiders.

    ——————————————

    Says the guy, whose team never won anything. Too easy my friend, Call me when your team is ever relevant. And when you can spell LITTLE.

    Its funny how people can bash on the Raiders and like it or not there are about 3 franchises that really matter

    Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers.. These three teams will always be the NFL.

  24. yourmomsnewfriend says: Sep 18, 2013 12:43 PM

    The Raiders are toast, geographically speaking.

    They’re in a really stressed and poor region, where they will NEVER be able to get a single tax dollar for a new stadium.

    Adding to that trouble, is the fact that Mark Davis doesn’t have the means to fund that project himself.

    The final nail in that coffin is the fact that the team he inherited is already leveraged to outside investors, thanks to Al’s horrible business moves for the better part of two-decades. So, Mark won’t even be able to mortgage the franchise in order to bankroll a new stadium.

    Really bad scenario.

  25. greg2geez says: Sep 18, 2013 12:57 PM

    The crap the Raiders kick out of the Chargers can be found in the home dugout.

  26. yourmomsnewfriend says: Sep 18, 2013 1:06 PM

    sicklnick121 says: Sep 18, 2013 12:42 PM

    chargersdiehard says:
    Sep 18, 2013 10:39 AM
    Time to move…..to the cfl or arena ball. Sec might be a littlw too tough on the raiders.

    ——————————————

    Says the guy, whose team never won anything. Too easy my friend, Call me when your team is ever relevant. And when you can spell LITTLE.

    Its funny how people can bash on the Raiders and like it or not there are about 3 franchises that really matter

    Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers.. These three teams will always be the NFL.

    – – – –

    Actually, not only are you 100% factually wrong, it can’t get any worse for the Raiders. Forbes lists them as being the LEAST valuable team (#32…baby!) in the entire NFL for 2013.

    The Cowboys are number one, most valuable, and Green Bay is a listed at number twelve.

    That means that, as far as the entire world is concerned (being that money talks) the Raiders are currently the least relevant NFL team.

    Hopefully, that will change in time, but for now, it’s just a disgrace.

  27. greg2geez says: Sep 18, 2013 1:08 PM

    Update!! Oakland officials announce cause of sewer blockage. Turns out to be Philip Rivers’ talent.

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 18, 2013 1:17 PM

    Further investigation showed that the sewage was actually seeping in through the front gates. Seemingly with valid tickets.

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 18, 2013 1:19 PM

    I see the leakage brought the guys living in the underground tunnels to the surface.

  30. greg2geez says: Sep 18, 2013 1:23 PM

    San Diego’s Super Bowl dreams cause sewer backup at Coliseum. San Diego mayor Superfreak pledges to build Oakland’s new stadium.

  31. jjackwagon says: Sep 18, 2013 1:29 PM

    They could just seal the gates and turn it into a waste treatment facility.

  32. runteddyrun says: Sep 18, 2013 1:31 PM

    “Oh, Jesus, what’s that smell, man?”

  33. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 18, 2013 1:45 PM

    Can we please declare a moratorium on the the “L.A. Raiders” talk?

    We. Don’t. Want. Them.

    And this is coming from someone who would love to have a “Home Team” to root for.

    The team is the Mickey Rourke of NFL franchises; once capable of greatness, but now damaged to such an extent that the downside far outweighs any real promise.

  34. youngster026 says: Sep 18, 2013 1:54 PM

    Inside job. The last backup was because someone shoved a sweater down the toilet, I’m sure this is similar

  35. slick50ks says: Sep 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    Not a major league city. Or even a first world city.

  36. steelerben says: Sep 18, 2013 3:47 PM

    I had heard that the Jaguars were staying on the west coast after the Raiders game, but I didn’t know they were staying in the dugout.

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