From the A's opener: new food, the Treehouse and promotions

It’s Opening Day all around the league and in Oakland that means new stuff. Beyond the young, exciting team the Athletics have put together are concession stands serving up powerful plates and a new space offering fans a unique experience at the Coliseum.

 

We’ve tested out the fresh offerings to give you a glimpse at what to expect this season.

 

The Treehouse

 

In it’s highly anticipated debut, the Oakland A’s have unveiled “The Treehouse.” It’s an exceptional space above the left field bleachers that’s complete with standing and lounge seating as well as two full-service bars. There’s pre and postgame entertainment and on Friday night games there will be a DJ. And there’s trees. The trendy furniture all comes from reclaimed wood and gives it a modern vibe that’s not overdone.

 

So why is it named “The Treehouse?”

 

Because Oakland.

 

It keeps with the “Rooted in Oakland” mantra as a nod to the city’s oak tree logo. It’s elevated and has a social, club-like atmosphere that allows attendees to mingle if they choose. But it also has a healthy amount of seats, all of which are general admission. You can play foosball or pool in the first inning then grab a drink and take a seat in the sun for the second.

 

Anyone with a ticket into the ball park can roam the Treehouse area. However, those with only a Treehouse pass would need to upgrade with the MLB Ballpark app if they want to visit the rest part of the park.

 

A Treehouse pass can either be purchased via a monthly subscription of $29.99 per month for six months, or by paying a one-time annual fee of $149.99. Members have access to all 81 home games.

 

Food

 

New seasons come with new food items and the A’s added some clutch ones. Here’s our top three:

 

Simply Shawarna –

Beef and lamb or chicken cooked on a vertical grill. It’s served up with lettuce, tomato, onion and a garlic aioli all wrapped up in a pita. The saltiness of the meat is well-supported by the appetizing aioli, creating an enjoyable bite.

 

The Impossible burger –

It’s a burger. Kind of. The entire patty is made from plants “for people who love meat.” Wheat and potato protein make up a bulk of the burger with fat from coconut oil and heme, which is the source of meaty flavor. An order comes with two sliders and the fixings include tomatoes, caramelized onions, brie spread and a balsamic glaze.

 

Seafood –

The club unveiled a doozy here. A crab cake sandwich on a brioche bun with coleslaw and a hollandaise sauce. Order two, for real. And there’s fish and chips. You get a monster piece of battered and fried cod on a bed of French fries. The slab of fish makes the heap of fries look small.

 

 

50th Anniversary

 

The Athletics are celebrating their 50th anniversary in Oakland this year. Throughout the season there will be appearances from alumni as well as special promotions, events and giveaways. On April 17, fans are treated to a completely free game. The day marks exactly 50 years from when the club first played at the Coliseum in 1968.

 

Fans responded in a big way and there are no more tickets available. But there is a waiting list. To put your name on it, visit here.

 

Fireworks Nights

 

Each night has a theme and the opener is Star Wars. The dates go as follows:

  • STAR WARS™ Fireworks on Friday, May 25
  • Dinosaur Fireworks on Friday, June 15
  • Patriotic Fireworks on Tuesday, July 3
  • '80s Fireworks on Friday, July 20
  • Fireworks on Saturday, August 4
  • Fireworks on Saturday, September 1
  • Fireworks on Saturday, September 22

 

What about the team?

 

On the field, this may be the season the A’s show up after meandering through the last few years. They’ve got some exciting talent. Taking the American League West isn’t likely at all – the Houston Astros are a clear favorite for that spot. But a Wild Card berth? Sure. That could happen.

 

But it’s going to take a healthy pitching rotation because they’re thin in that department. They lost both Jharel Cotton and top prospect AJ Puk to UCL injuries this spring. They’ll need the five-man rotation to stay healthy. Even more, they’ll need them to show up better than expected.

 

And look for some big numbers offensively. Pleasanton native Steven Piscotty was a good add who has power and is quick on the bases. The 27-year-old could quickly develop into a hometown hero. Coupled with Khris Davis and Matt Chapman power, you could be looking at a .500 team if the cylinders are firing consistently.

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