Already innovating the virtual fan experience with cardboard cutouts and foul ball giveaways, the Oakland A’s are taking it up another notch!
With ballparks around the MLB expected to be awkwardly quiet with the absence of fans, The A’s will indeed pump crowd noise into the Oakland Coliseum during games, reports John Hickey of Sports Illustrated.
Although much is not known on how the team plans to do this exactly, team manager Bob Melvin confirmed it will happen at some point.
“We will do that at some point,” Melvin said. “They’re looking at a few different scenarios. We’ll hear that before we get done.”
Instead of working out at their spring training facility in Arizona, Melvin and the players do find it kind of odd to be training at the quiet Coliseum.
“We are missing something without the fans,” said slugger Khris Davis. “It’s more exciting when you have them out there. But there are bigger things going on now.”
Expect the team resolve the quiet stadium issue soon.
Yesterday, the team announced they’ll host an exhibition game against the Giants next Monday.
Oakland will then begin their 60-game stretch against at home, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Friday, July 24.