New Thing #282: Watching A Stadium Changeover

I know this is a little late by now, but you know how I love ballparks - I have to write about this. On Saturday night, the A's played a playoff baseball game at the stadium they share with the Raiders.

Because it requires 24 hours for the stadium to be changed from baseball into football, the Raiders game on Sunday was moved from a 4pm eastern start to 11:35 that night.

Everything went off without a hitch, with both teams picking up wins to boot.

But the stadium changeover is by far the most fascinating part of this story for me.

When I was a kid and I went to Shea Stadium to see the Mets with my dad, he would always explain to me how the stadium would be transformed for a Jets game. And I never understood it. I just could not wrap my head around it.

Because the orange seats - the lowest level - would apparently swing out, and I just never could figure out where exactly they went and how far they swung. My mind just doesn't work that way.

This video is the closest I'll come to being able to envision what that Shea Stadium football setup looked like - although I think the setup in Oakland is different, because I think the end zone at Shea went from home plate to center field. (I'm not 100% sure about that, though.)

I've seen plenty of the hockey to basketball changeovers - I've even seen baseball to hockey changeovers with the advent of the Winter Classic games - this is really the first time I've watched a baseball to football change.

There's so much to watch - I've watched it a few times. I'm shocked to see cranes involved. (And those stands they're assembling in center field don't look all that sturdy to me, if we're being honest.) I'm shocked, too, to see that they worked straight through the night. I thought a 24-hour turnaround seemed like it was too long for a changeover, but it really seems to take that long.

Now if only there was a time lapse video of a Shea Stadium changeover.