Posted October 1, 2013
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- An Oakland A's baseball playoff game at O.co Coliseum has forced the Oakland Raiders to delay their game against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday to 11:35 p.m. ET, rather than the originally scheduled 4:25 p.m. ET. The game's television broadcast will also change to NFL Network instead of CBS. The A's host the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of their American League Division Series on Saturday night, with a first pitch of 9:07 p.m. ET. Field crews need enough time to convert the playing surface from a baseball diamond to a football field and to get the appropriate stands in place in time to pass safety inspections. "We'll make it happen," said a Raiders team official. The first pitch for Game 2 of the A's and Tigers was not announced until late Monday afternoon, and with so much indecision leading up to this week's AFC West divisional game, not only were the Raiders and Chargers put in awkward situations, but also fans were inconvenienced. With the potential of a night game looming, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said his team would most likely have a late practice later in the week to better acclimate his players for a later kickoff, if needed. Also, across the San Francisco Bay on Sunday, the 49ers play host to Houston with an 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Candlestick Park.