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In light of the BART strike, baseball fans heading to the Coliseum the next three days to watch the A's play the Chicago Cubs are being encouraged to carpool to the games.

The A's are expecting good-sized crowds for their Tuesday and Wednesday night games, as well as Thursday afternoon's July 4th game, as the Cubs make their first appearance in Oakland. In anticipation of their parking lots being filled, the A's are also making offsite parking available.

The A's issued the following statement Tuesday morning, hours before their 7:05 p.m. series opener against Chicago.

"A large number of our fans do take BART to the games. In light of the strike, we are encouraging all fans to car pool to the games and all of our lots will be available for parking including offsite parking. We believe that we will be able to accommodate all fans for the next three games."

BART and its unions failed to negotiate a new labor deal, which has resulted in the transit agency's first strike in 16 years. Most of the impact has been felt by the 200,000 who ride BART on a daily basis.