SBC Park / SF Giants, San Francisco
SBC Park, home of the Giants, from the outfield. This might be the most beautiful stadium in the USA, and it's right on the water too. Baseball season is from April through September, but you can get into the stadium any time of the year. Either pay for a tour, or get into the outfield bleachers for free, as I did. And, bring the kids too-they have a couple of baseball themed playgrounds-including in the big Coke bottle.
Any time of the year, SBC Park is brilliant. Nice job, Giants!!!
This is my fourth favorite ball park I've been to so far. I really enjoy going to see a game here and have on at least a couple occations. Being so easy to get to and with a dock for ferry service connected it is a perfect location. I plan to be out again for the Yankees Giants series June 22-24 next year.
If you are here during baseball season, you must go to a Giants Game at AT&T Park, (formerly SBC Park and before that, PacBell Park. The name changes so often, we just now call it "The "Ballpark"). Doesn't matter if you are not a Giants fan or even a baseball fan. Simply going to The Ballpark is an experience.
Equipment: Rather than buying a ticket, some people prefer to sail their boat McCovey Cove, in the foreground of this picture and watch the game on TV on their boat. Why? Because this is the most likely place Barry Bonds, a lefty, will hit a homerun. This Cove is just beyond right outfield.
SBC Park is an awesome place to watch a ballgame, even if the team is not so awesome these days. Holding only 43,000 people, you're really close to the action. There really aren't any bad seats - even the upper deck in right has a great view of the Bay Bridge (see photo). The bleachers are a great deal, too - only $10 - and you're real close to the field.
To get tickets - call first, to see if any are available through conventional channels. Your concierge can help, rich guy! Also, drop hints to whomever you meet that you want to go; everyone you meet in the city will know someone who knows someone who has tickets! Craig's List has an abundance of tickets. And, lastly, there are always the scalpers, who hang out around the parking lots and on the side streets leading to the park.
Equipment: Cooler restrictions are in place, as usual - I think they have to be softshell and no bigger than 16x12x8. What to bring? MONEY! The food at the park is excellent - especially the garlic fries! Bring a glove - if you remembered to pack it. Souveniers are plentiful and varied.
A few more tips -
Take Public Transportation! Parking is limited and getting to the lots is slow. Take the N Mission Bay train, which goes right to the ballpark from all downtown stations.
The Willie Mays staute is a great landmark in the plaza to meet up at, but EVERYONE meets at the Willie Mays statue. It'll be less crowded if you meet at the promenade on the water behind right field. Speaking of which - you can get a glimpse of the game FOR FREE by looking through the right field fence on the promenade. They don't let you stay long - a couple of innings at the most - but it's a fun thing to do.
Going to a SF Giants game was a great time! I didn't realize that the "Splash Zone" was so close to the park and it was fun watching people hanging out in their kayaks - waiting for a homerun ball. There were a bunch of chickens (rubber that is) hanging from the right field wall and it took a while for us to figure out what the heck they were for. After "the Big Unit" didn't pitch to Barry Bonds and they added another chicken though, we got it. It's a nice park and if you love going to baseball games, you won't be disappointed! I would recommend leaving a tad early unless you're a die hard fan. It can be tricky grabbing a cab when tons of others are doing the same thing!
The local baseball team (San Francisco Giants) have called this home since March 31, 2000. SBC Park (formerly Pac Bell Park) is a beautiful park situated on 13 acres. Baseball season runs from March-October, and tickets are available from $10.00-$75.00 each. Parking is limited, so use public transportation when possible.
Video Replay Screen: 32 x 24 feet
Distance of right center field alley: 420 feet
Come out and enjoy a day of fun!
Equipment: Dress in layers! You can never be sure what the weather will be doing. The park is located right on the bay, and it can get extremely windy.
Well I don't know about you, but I love seeing baseball in person at the stadiums. It's much better than watching it on television I think. And plus, SBC Park is a really nice park with good amenities. If you weren't aware, the thing that puts SBC Park ahead of other stadiums is the fact that the Bay is very close to the right field wall. If someone has a good day, they will knock the ball into the water - which is always a big deal of course.
For those who do not know, the baseball season starts in April and ends in September, with the playoffs going on in October.
This is me during the 1st inning of the Giants vs Padres game earlier this evening at SBC Park in San Francisco. This picture is taken next to that gigantic baseball glove to the left of centerfield.
We lost 9-3 today; Lawrence for San Diego pitched a very good game.
This is an excellent park to watch games because there are many shops nearby and restaurants. There are also monuments and statues recognizing famous SF Giants baseball players such as Willie Mays, Willie McCovery, and Juan Marichal.
You can watch the Giants for free by looking through the fence in right field! There's a guard there - regulating how long you can stay (they shoo you out if there's a line, so everyone gets a chance).
Having won the American baseball World Series in 2010 and 2012 the San Francisco Giants baseball team is now arguably the best team in baseball.
Sue and I were in San Francisco when the Giants won the World Series back in November, 2010 and headed over to the park on our last full day in town.
We didn't see a baseball game since the season was over, but I would come and see a baseball game if I was in San Francisco during baseball season.
The park is less then 20 years old and was built in an area of town that has recently undergone some major renovation which actually started with the building of the ballpark.
Equipment: Bring a glove to catch a foul ball if you are lucky. Or get in a Kayak and see if a homerun comes flying your way.
On 10 August 2007 I saw the San Francisco Giants play the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park, just a few days after Bonds hit his MLB-record 756th home run. On this night Bonds went 3 for 3 with a home run to right field, and the Giants had a big 6-2 lead heading to the eighth inning. The Pirates made a great comeback, scoring 6 runs in the 8th to win the game 8-7. Hey, I'm from Pittsburgh, I was happy.
We sat in the left field bleachers, section 139. Single game seats here are normally $27, for season ticket holders they are $17 a game. Since bought our tickets just days before Bonds' record breaking home run, prices were inflated, and we ended up paying $33 a seat to watch the two worst teams in the league!
Beers at the park are $8 for the plastic bottles, and the hot dogs were about $8 also.
This is the home of the San Francisco Giants. As you can see, the designers of this stadium took full advantage of the surrounding area.
You can also feel good about spending your money here, because the stadium was built entirely with PRIVATE funds, meaning the team didn't force the city to build it for them with the taxpayers' money. Giants owner Peter Magowan personally secured financing for the park, which was completed in 2000.
Tickets are $6-65, sightly higher on weekends.
Equipment: Some people bring their baseball gloves, especially if they are sitting in an area that might get a ball batted into it.
Don't forget your sunscreen. And like everywhere in San Francisco, it may get chilly so bring a jacket.
SBC Park is one of the newest and most magnificent ballparks in America. If you have time, you really should see a game here. From the stands, you have a great view of the waterfront and boats sailing by. Small boats line up in McCovey Cove, hoping to fish a home run ball out of the water. The stadium is impressive, clean and features lots of refreshment options. And then of course, there are the Giants, who are often a pretty good team and always fun to see in action.
The Giants have been playing at SBC Park since 2000 and you can see them in action from March to October of each year. Tickets range in price from $10- $75 at the stadium (although you may pay more if you scalp tickets on the street).
There is not a lot of parking near the stadium, and a spot will often cost you $20. It's best to walk, take a cab or use public transportation to get there.
Equipment: If you're attending a day game, put on some sunscreen. Don't be fooled by San Francisco's famous fog-- you will get burned if you sit out in the stands all day.
Also, it's a good idea to wear a light jacket or sweater with a t-shirt underneath. Layers are key in San Francisco, where it can be sunny one minute and cold the next.
Don't forget to wear your Giants gear, as well!
If you're in San Francisco during baseball season (roughly, late March through early October), take in a Giants game at AT&T Park, which is a compact ballpark with a great view. There's not a bad seat in the house, and it's a fun way for visitors to the city to mingle with the home crowd. Even if the Giants lose, you can still eat hot dogs, drink a beer, and enjoy looking at the Bay.
If you don't mind sitting on a backless bench, try the bleacher seats - they're relatively inexpensive and close to the garlic fries stand. Buy online and print your own ticket. The Giants' colors are black and orange, if you want to proclaim your loyalty to the team.
There's a play area for children behind the bleacher section. I've always wanted to try the big Coke bottle slide.
SF Baseball is a bit like religon...very hard core cult oriented. The new SBC park in the Mission Bay (China Basin) area of SF offers a panoramic view of SF Bay. Also, it provides a unique opportunity for people to "catch" home runs hit out of the park. They have to be in the bay at the time.
Equipment: Wear layers. It can be hot at times, but generally it's cold.