Updated: Aug 17
The Oakland arena is an iconic venue in the Oakland area. Because of the nature of this building with all the various events it hosts, it makes finding a parking spot very difficult with the build-up of traffic in the downtown Oakland area on game days and certain live events.
Smarking is a very useful app that can cater to your Oakland arena parking needs and with the Smarking Smartpass or flexible parking, you can reserve parking before you enter the area.
With its many secure parking lots in Oakland, the Smarking smart pass lets you compare Oakland arena parking rates, prepay and reserve a space for you while saving you money. All you need to do on the day is scan your QR code for access in and out.
Since its opening in 1966, the Oakland area has hosted many great concerts and events including performances from legendary singers and entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg. It has been the venue for many great sporting events over the years as well as the entertainment sector and was also home to the NBA Golden State Warriors from 1971 to 2019. The stadium has a capacity of over 19,000 seats after its $100 million renovations and expansion to accommodate more fans in 1996.
Oakland Arena parking options
With the various sporting and entertainment events being held in the Oakland Arena Stadium it is important to have a parking space downtown ready for when you get there. With free parking hard to come by we will take a look at all the different options available for you, to help you achieve this through the Smarking app at the lowest cost.
On-site parking at the Oakland arena
Parking is available on-site at the Oakland arena for all events and also has parking accommodation for limousines, buses, and RVs. ADA placard holders can receive a designated spot.
Booking in advance is highly recommended for Oakland Arena parking as there may not be any empty spaces on the day of the event. The rates are:
Car and motorcycles - $40 (standard-sized vehicle)
RV/Limo/Bus - $120 (OSV in any vehicle wider than 9' and longer than 18')
VIP parking is available at a rate of $70 which offers a stress-free entry and exit through gates 5 or 8 with parking lots G or H.
Platinum parking is also available for $100 and is steps away from the venue entrances, platinum parking will get you to your seats quicker. You will enter and exit through gate 5 and use parking lot GG. However, limos and oversized vehicles over 18' cannot park in the platinum parking lot.
Parking gates open 2 hours before an event start time and arena doors open one hour before the scheduled event time. Tailgating is permitted at the Oakland arena however, only one parking stall is allowed per vehicle due to the limited parking spaces available.
Located right next to the Oakland Arena, the Oakland Coliseum also known as the RingCentral Coliseum is home to the MLB team Oakland Athletics. As well as being a major league baseball venue it also used to be home to the Oakland Raiders in the NFL from 1966 to 1981 before they moved to Los Angeles.
Parking is available in the Oakland Coliseum at both the north and south parking lots, at a rate of $30 and it is worth noting that cashless payments are required for all purchases.
Parking will not be available to purchase online two hours before the games start time on that day to coincide with the parking gates opening. The parking and gate opening times are as follows:
Monday to Thursday:
Parking - 2 hours before the first pitch
Gates - 1 hour before the first pitch
Friday to Sunday:
Parking - 2.5 hours before the first pitch
Gates - 1.5 hours before the first pitch
Public transport and BART parking
The Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) offers a quick and easy route into the Oakland arena through the Oakland Coliseum station. The station is closely located to the Oakland arena and a quick walk will take you directly into the Oakland coliseum, with many street vendors available along the way if you are interested. BART also offers additional train services for Athletics games.
This is the cheapest option available at $3.55 as the standard fee, with free parking outside of working hours on weekdays available. However, as this is the most budget-friendly option spaces fill up fast as it is so popular, so you would have to get there very early to secure a spot.
Can't find a good spot to park? Find out more Downtown Oakland parking locations and rates here.
Attractions in the Oakland area
Oakland City Center in downtown Oakland is on the east side of the San Francisco Bay area and has a number different of sites and attractions in the area. Some of these include:
Oakland City Center
The Oakland City Center is at the heart of Oakland's expanding downtown district. With easy links to the area's freeways and BART, it has a mix of dining, retail shops, and essential business amenities which makes the Oakland City Center the perfect business location in the East Bay. So whatever your reason for visiting the area, whether it's for business or pleasure Smarking has a number of garages available to you. Just head over to the website to book your secure Oakland City Center parking nearby.
Jack London Square
Jack London Square is the only publicly accessible waterfront and marina area in Oakland located along the estuary connecting to San Francisco Bay. It has been a well-known icon since the mid-1800s, and serves as a lifestyle hub that offers numerous outdoor activities, food, special events, and entertainment for tourists and locals alike.
Check out the best parking around Jack London Square here.
Oakland Ice Center
Oakland Ice Center is located in the heart of downtown Oakland, California. If you ever find yourself in downtown Oakland, looking for some fun and entertainment, you can't afford to miss this place. The renowned facility allows ice skating, ice dancing, curling, and broomball. You can also enjoy things like figure skating and even ice hockey. Explore Oakland Ice Center parking.
The Fox Theater
The Fox Theatre is a historic building with an art school, bar, restaurant & courtyard. This venue hosts private events, live shows, and classes for the Oakland School for the Arts. If you are interested in visiting this building, parking can be found just a 10-minute walk away in a secure Smarking garage, where you can buy a flexible day pass for $21 with a minimum requirement of 4 days. Or if you know what day you are going you can pay $19 for weekday passes and just $10 for weekends. There are no minimum requirements with these passes. Discover more Fox Theater Oakland parking.
Oakland City Hall
The Oakland City Hall is the seat of government for the city of Oakland and was the first high-rise building for the government of the United States standing 320 feet high. If you plan to visit this historic building make your trip hassle-free by booking into a secure Smarking garage to get your car parked safely and securely at a cheap rate. Smarking has a garage just a 5-minute walk from this particular location.