The coolest thing Mark Twain never said was, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Bring a sweater if you plan on attending a night game at this beautiful ballpark on the Bay. It’s conveniently located in downtown San Francisco and honors the Giants history both in the East Bay and New York. Make sure to make pregame visits to the Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda and Juan Marichal statues before taking a walk to McCovey cove. Once inside I recommend heading up to the aptly named View level to enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge and East Bay.
Ballpark Nerd Rank: 7
Opened: 2000 Capacity: 41,915
- View Box sections 302-324
- View Reserve Infield sections 308-324
- The View Level offers fans the best views of the East Bay.
Getting to the Park
Ballpark Nerd recommends taking one of the Bay Area’s many public transit options to AT&T Park. That’s if you are not staying within walking distance. The Tideline Water Taxi is an option for fans looking a unique mode of transportation. [Read more…]
August 29, 2007: San Francisco, California
My introduction to San Francisco was in the late 1980’s. ABC’s Full House on Friday nights, the 49ers combination of Montana to Rice on Sundays, and (if I was lucky) Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat, during the week. The San Francisco Giants won the first game I attended, a 5-0 win against the Mets, and were the home team during the World Series’ first earthquake, 1989’s Game 3. In 2000, the Giants moved from Candlestick Park, their home since the 1960 season, to Pacific Bell Park located in the China Basin section of San Francisco. Pacific Bell Park (renamed AT&T Park in 2006) served as a tipping point for the Giants organization. The Giants’ front office tailored the team to the spacious pitcher-friendly ballpark leading to 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series titles. AT&T Park also served as my final active ballpark visit before the Nationals would open their new park in 2008. The game featured Giants starter Noah Lowry, making his 100th and final MLB start, and the newly crowned home run king Barry Bonds playing in what would be his final season. [Read more…]