Lines snaked around the O.co Coliseum in Oakland Wednesday morning, flush with fans hoping to see an afternoon game between the A’s and the Texas Rangers.
They were hoping to be among the lucky few to score a remaining 500 tickets left before the 12:35 p.m. game. The team announced that the stadium's 35,000 seats will likely sell out, and that fans without tickets should not come to hang out, and that they should definitely take BART to see the game. By 11 a.m., the A's prediction had come true. The remaining 500 tickets left in the morning had been snapped up.
The A's are one win away from achieving the truly improbable, according to Casey Pratt of CNS Bay Area. They beat the Rangers 3-1 and are now tied for the lead in the American League West with one game remaining.
Selling out an A's game is a rarity. In a New York Times article about the team's undersized crowds, the team usually has only 15,000 fans at a typical game. Monday night saw about 21,000 seats filled, a number the team hadn't seen since 2006, the Times reported.
But fans such as Ben Sukerman were not focused on poor attendance of the past. He was one of those people in line Wednesday morning, poised to score one of those few remaining tickets. "They swept the Yankees, they swept a lot of teams, I think they can go all the way," he said.