I have been to many sports arenas and stadiums in many cities, but I have never seen anything quite so depressing as the immediate surrounding area of the Oakland Coliseum and Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
Even Comiskey on the South side of Chicago has a million times more personality than this area of Oakland. Heck, it even made Detroit look like a nice place. Did I miss something? I drove all around the area around the Oakland Coliseum looking for a restaurant and ended up having to go to over to Alameda to find a decent place to eat. There wasn’t even any off-venue parking available for the Warriors game (which I must say, was sold out). The whole area seems completely deserted.
You usually hear about how a sports team and its arena/stadium are supporting the surrounding businesses, but this does not appear at all to be the case with Oakland. Are there any other cities with such dismal immediate surrounding areas near their major sports teams’ arenas?