OAKLAND -- The A's officially received a petition with more than 10,000 online responses asking the club to remove tarps for the remainder of the American League Division Series.
The A's response? The tarps may come off at some point, but not for the ALDS, and that's final.
While Game 3 of the series against the Detroit Tigers sold out Monday morning, Wednesday night's prospective Game 4 did not sell out until Tuesday afternoon, and there were still 4,000 tickets available Tuesday morning for a prospective Game 5 Thursday night.
Doug Boxer, organizer of a group called Let's Go Oakland and a former Oakland planning commissioner, presented the petition with 10,102 online responses on it.
Ken Pries, the A's executive vice president for communications and broadcasting, said the A's are still formulating a "tarp plan" in the event the team rallies from a 2-0 deficit and advances to the A.L. Championship Series. He said more than 38,000 tickets still remain for the primary seating configuration for the ALCS, and those tickets will have to be mostly sold before there's movement on removing the tarps.
Even then, Pries added, it's possible only tarped sections needed to meet demand would be removed due to the cumbersome process of having to remove the upper deck tarps, which cover approximately 15,000 seats. It's a two-day process to remove the tarps in their entirety.
It's also possible they could be removed entirely. Major League Baseball already has requested that all of the tarps be removed (except those covering seats in the upper level of the football seats in center field) if the A's make it to the World Series.