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“As a concert venue, this leaves a lot to be desired” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Oracle Arena

Oracle Arena
Ranked #7 of 115 things to do in Oakland
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San Francisco, CA, USA
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“As a concert venue, this leaves a lot to be desired”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

I'm reviewing the arena as a concert venue. I have been here for two shows - Pink's The Truth About Love tour in 2013 and a local radio station's Christmas Rock Show in 2011.

In both cases, I found the experience at Oakland Arena to be quite lacking. Here's why:

Sound quality: this venue is really designed for sports and, as such, does not seem to have great accoustics. Despite some world class acts passing through, my experience of the sound has been that it is not that loud and quite tinny.

Facilities: For concerts, they don't seem to open all of the concession stands. This creates enormous lines - think 20 minute waits - at the stands that are open before the show.

Parking: Parking is extremely expensive ($25-35) and if your show happens to coincide with a baseball game at the stadium next door, you can get caught in really bad traffic.

Public transit: The arena is right next to the Coliseum BART station, which is extremely convenient. But getting to the station can be a nightmare after a show. The overpass on which you have to walk is not wide enough and, to add to the congestion, hot dog sellers set up half way across further cramping things. Once at a U2 concert at the stadium, we ended up in a very uncomfortable large crowd situation just trying to get to the overpass and several people in the crowd got very nervous from the cramped conditions.

Upsides:
If I could find one upside, it is that the seats are actually quite comfy for this kind of stadium - even though I have long legs, I've found I can sit relatively comfortably.

Visited October 2013
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Oakland, California
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“Overpriced parking”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Depending upon the event at the arena parking can be $30 or more. Once inside the main level walkway can be crowded as the space was made more narrow when they remodeled the building several years ago.

Visited October 2012
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“Exciting Energy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Get there early to get food because you do do not want to leave your seat during a Warrior game. We sat in the third deck but had great views of the entire court and loved it. The fans have passion and energy for sure. Even during the breaks, there is entertainment from the Flying Dubs to kids dancing. There is a wide choice in food and even gluten free beer.

Visited March 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“The ROARCLE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

Watched a Warriors game here in early March, and as a basketball fan this has to have the best atmosphere of all basketball arenas. They make it feel like a college game, all the energy is amazing. DO not bring your kids as it will be too loud for them to cope. But if you are a basketball fan you have to see a Warriors Game.

Visited March 2013
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“Watched the Golden State Warriors”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Great atmosphere. The seating layout are well-designed so even if you're in the upper sections, you still have a nice view of the game against the Nets. Tickets were courtesy of my Bay Area relatives so I have no idea if it's expensive or not. For the meals inside the arena, the chicken wings were good and addicting, so was the etouffe. Of course, it's a little pricier than the outside the building but it's filling nonetheless.

Getting there was pretty straightforward via BART from Dublin/Pleasanton station.

Visited November 2012
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