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.