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A's Tarps To Be Removed From 3rd Deck At Coliseum If Team Reaches ALCS

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Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with the fans after they beat the Texas Rangers to win the American League West Division Title at Coliseum on October 3, 2012 in Oakland, California. | Getty Images

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff says the team will remove the tarps covering more than 11,000 seats from part of the upper deck at the Coliseum if the team advances to the AL championship series.

Wolff announced the decision to open up the third deck on the west side of the stadium Thursday before Oakland hosted the Detroit Tigers in the winner-take-all fifth game of the AL division series.

The A's put the tarps on the third deck in 2006 to create a more intimate environment at a stadium that has struggled to draw fans in recent years. Oakland's average attendance of 20,729 in the regular season was higher than just four teams.

The move opens up 11,698 new seats, making capacity 47,505 for a possible ALCS and World Series.

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