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McAfee Coliseum

The Oakland-Alameda County Stadium opened in 1966 and for years since then has been host to concerts, special events, and baseball and football games. Recently renamed the McAfee Coliseum, the building is part of a sports complex that includes the Oracle Arena. The Coliseum was renovated in 1995 and added 22,000 seats, 90 luxury suites, two new scoreboards, and two private clubs. The arena was renovated the following year and its capacity was increased by 4,000 seats and 72 luxury suites. The two complexes sit on 132 acres of space with parking space for 10,000 vehicles. Recently, the Coliseum has seen baseball history when Dallas Braden pitched Major League Baseball's 19th perfect game. This was almost 42 years to the day from Catfish Hunter's perfect game, also pitched in the Coliseum. A graphic was placed on the outfield wall to commemorate the event, placed next to Rickey Henderson's retired uniform number. The naming rights of the Coliseum were sold to UMAX Technologies in 1997, but the rights were later passed to Network Associates. For a short time, the Coliseum was known as The 'Net. When Network Associates was renamed McAfee in 2004, the stadium was also renamed. In 2008, McAfee did not renew their contract with the naming rights and the name reverted to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. As is the case for most of the sporting stadiums in the area and across the United States, most local fans continue to refer to their local sporting complex by its original name, and The Coliseum has long been the nickname used by locals for the sports complex.

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