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Oakland A’s announce children’s play area at Coliseum

MLB team the Oakland Athletics will aim to further attract families with young children to the Coliseum this season by unveiling an interactive space in the ballpark called the Stomping Ground.

The 18,000-square-foot area, which was previously the south end of the Eastside Club, will feature an inside area that includes: a stage and video wall for interactive events, a digital experience that gives youngsters the opportunity to race against their favourite A’s players, a simulated hitting and pitching machine, and other activities.

The outside area will include elephant structures, play areas, an AstroTurf grassy seating area for families to watch the game, drink rails for parents and picnic tables.

The Stomping Ground will include a dedicated children’s retail stand and concessions with healthy and kid-friendly items.

In addition, fans will be able to purchase the Stomping Ground Family Pass, which costs $79 (€70) per month for a family of four or $399 for a full season. Tickets include general-admission seats at all home games as well as access to the Stomping Ground.

The A’s finished fourth last in Major League Baseball attendance in 2018, with average crowds of 19,427 a game. The team have looked to boost crowds by unveiling the A’s Access pass, which has drawn 7,000 new customers.

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