OAKLAND -- Tickets for a potential A.L. Division Series featuring the A's went on sale at the Coliseum today, with demand leading team officials to decide they would remove some of the tarps covering third-deck seating for the series, an A's spokesman said.
Tickets for the regular-season capacity of 35,067 sold out in two hours for three potential home ALDS games at the Coliseum, the spokesman said. The A's, however, would remove the tarps from the third-deck "view level" seating, opening over 12,000 more seats. The tarps on "Mt. Davis" beyond center field would not be removed.
The new capacity is 48,146. Tickets for "view level" seating are already on sale and the spokesman said about 2,000 had been sold within the first two hours. Decisions on whether the tarps would remain off for the ALCS and World Series -- should the A's make it that far -- will be made as necessary.
A's players and their opponents talked often last year about the effect of the Coliseum crowds in late-season and playoff games. Manager Bob Melvin was asked Tuesday what he thinks adding 12,000 more fans would do to the atmosphere should the A's, who lead the A.L. West by 6 ½ games with 12 to play, reach the postseason.
"I could imagine," Melvin said, "but we still need to get there first. We'll deal with that if and when the time comes."
-- Matt Kawahara