Oakland A's show off changes at Coliseum

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Oakland Athletics showed off some new changes at the Coliseum now that they are the prime tenant.

The Coliseum's interior has been spruced up thanks to a $4 million investment, including new outfield signage to the new Shibe Park Tavern featuring new food and drinks.

"The connection between the club and the city is really unique and special and we want to do everything we can to preserve that but also to carry it forward for another generation," A's Team President Dave Kaval said.

The new choices includes a new generation of cuisine, like a twist on tater tots with cheese and scallions, new sandwiches and other goodies from Executive Chef Effie Speigler. "From the concession side I think the classic chicken and waffle sandwich is going to be good, and the ahi poke tacos in the Shibe Park Tavern are a hit," he continued.

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Officially the A's say they're disappointed that the Raiders plan to move to Las Vegas. But, it also makes the baseball the prime tenant for now. The A's hope to announce plans this year for a new stadium at one of four sites in Oakland.

"This is a hundred-year decision. We're going to have the ballpark for hopefully a hundred years. Hopefully, it can be our Fenway, our Wrigley, and that's a really important decision we have to make collectively," Kaval said.

That means getting community input from local officials and fans, who say they're just excited to have a positive sports story to enjoy instead of an historic franchise leaving town.

"My bottom line is, if we got to keep one of them I'm happy it's the A's," one fan said.

The A'S home opener is set for Monday against the Anaheim Angels when the team will officially name their field after Hall of Famer and Oakland native Ricky Henderson.

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