The crew started the conversion at 9:31 p.m. and were finished by 3 p.m. the next day. They relocated the pitching mound. They installed 6,679 seats. They removed foul poles and replaced them with goal posts. It took 17 hours, but when it was done, the reconfigured O.co Coliseum was ready for an Oakland Raiders home game.
O.co Coliseum is the only remaining U.S. stadium home to Major League Baseball and National Football League teams, and more than 400 workers helped take it from baseball ready to football friendly. It was the 13th conversion since 2011.
“This weekend’s transformation included the work of hundreds of employees and I am truly grateful for the hard work and dedication put into this project by our full time staff, the O.co Coliseum grounds crew, sub-contractor Biggie Crane and all of the AEG Facilities Employees who are members of IATSE Local 107 and SEIU,” said Chris Wright, vice president of AEG Facilities and general manager of Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum. “This was truly a team effort from both our local staff and other AEG facilities employees who brought their support and expertise and I couldn’t be happier with their performance this weekend.”
View the time-lapse video below from O.co Coliseum to get sense of the reconfiguration and all the work that went into it.
(Image via Flickr: Kwong Yee Cheng/Creative Commons)