Sep 21, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Stadium view as grounds crew try to remove water from the tarp and field before calling a rain delay prior the game between the Oakland Athletics and the Minnesota Twins at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Changing a stadium from a baseball to a football playing surface


If you are like me, anytime I see a football game being played on a baseball diamond, I cringe a little. Not just because I imagine the pain that occurs when being tackled on a dirt surface, but I imagine how much work it must take to change a stadium prepared for baseball into a football ready arena.

Dan Hanzus from the NFL.com had a great article that outlined just how difficult it is for this transition to take place. Put it this way, I had no idea exactly how much work it actually took or how much money it cost. Make sure to check out the article here, but until you do, here are the highlights.

“Typically, it’s a couple-of-days process.”

Get this: It costs $250,000 every time O.co Coliseum makes the transfer from baseball to football (and vice versa). The process takes 18 to 20 hours, not counting safety inspections.

All this is important because the NFL has announced that they will play a football game between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers after the Oakland A’s take on the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon. I am sure that the group that is responsible for this transformation has been consulted on the feasibility of this situation, but to me it seems a little crazy. I was in the camp that they should have just swapped home dates with the Chargers, but I surprisingly wasn’t consulted prior to the decision. We will see just how well this works on Sunday.

Tags: Detroit Tigers MLB NFL Oakland A's Oakland Raiders San Diego Chargers

  • tubbs45

    18-20 hours? Well this isn’t sounding promising for a quality playing surface

  • KloverJane

    maybe we could trade McFadden for grass in the infield in the shield on it

  • Mark Shafer

    The Oakland A’s take on the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night not Sunday afternoon. The Raider game is Sunday night. It is not real clear the way you wrote it.
    I was not aware of how much the cost was. Great for the local economy.
    There is a lot of things that I don’t like about the stadium ( dirt, age, dug outs, ect ). All is forgotten when I get to my seats ( the view, how close I am to the field, dedication of the fans, ect ). It’s hard to beat!

  • arnie

    Should have just moved to San Diego.