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February 6, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About San Francisco's AT&T Park

Even if you're not planning to catch a San Francisco Giants home game, you'll find plenty to do at AT&T Park. This award-winning waterfront complex is the city’s only professional sports facility, but San Franciscans use it year round for races, concerts and performances. Private events, ranging anywhere from a dozen to several thousand people, can be accommodated in the Park’s many venues.

History

AT&T Park opened on April 11, 2000, replacing iconic (and windy) Candlestick Park as the city’s local multi-use stadium and home of its three-time World Series championship baseball team. The first privately financed major league ballpark built since 1962, AT&T Park was awarded a LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance. This award officially made AT&T Park "the greenest ballpark in the United States." It was also designed to have less than half the wind interference of Candlestick Park. AT&T Park, which has welcomed over 50 million guests for various programs since its opening.

How to See a Baseball Game

The best starting point for tickets is the Giants’ own site., while the MLB Ballpark Mobile App for iPhone or Android adds additional personalized functionality. Premium offers, social media connections and beacon technology let you order food and more, right from your seat. StubHub is the approved secondary ticket market for Giants baseball tickets.

Food Options

During the baseball season, the abundance and variety of food available at AT&T Park is clear evidence that this stadium is a multi-use destination. Unusual treats include savory porcini doughnuts topped with raclette foam from the popular Rich Table. Mouthwatering crab dishes are on offer at Crazy Crab’z Sandwich, while Tony’s Slice House offers authentic deep-dish pizza. Of course, throughout the park there are numerous snacks like pulled pork sandwiches, Mission-style burritos, hot dogs and popcorn. Full-service restaurants like The Garden Table and The Hearth Table offer extensive menus, and the Great House of Brews features upscale bar food like fried brussels sprouts with lemon aioli, along with more traditional fare.

Year-Round Options

  • Public, Private & Educational Tours of AT&T Park are offered on a year-round basis. Tours can be customized to the age and interest of the group, and specially themed tours include a range of extraordinary behind-the-scenes access. Entry into the dugout, the visitors’ clubhouse, the field itself and game-day batting practice are all available. Last year, a record 37,000 visitors took advantage of AT&T Park tour options. Over 300 private tours are conducted annually.
  • The Yard at Mission Rock is located across the Lefty O'Doul Bridge, just beyond the ballpark, and is open to the public every day of the year. This pop-up village, made from repurposed shipping containers, has become a versatile neighborhood gathering spot. Created to give a preview of the emerging Mission Rock neighborhood, The Yard offers plenty of local food and drink as well as cultural and community events.
  • The Coca Cola Fan Lot is a one-of-a-kind family attraction located right inside the park, just behind the left-field bleachers. Accessible year-round (and free to all ticket-holders on game days), the Fan Lot features a 47-foot-high super-slide in the shape of a Coke bottle, with viewing platforms and smaller slides. The Fan Lot also features a 26-foot-tall replica of a 1927 baseball glove, as well as a miniature replica of the baseball field for pint-sized sluggers. Preserve memories of your visit, while wearing an official Giants jersey, at the Fan Lot's popular photo booth.
  • The Giants Dugout Store is the place to stock up on all your San Francisco Giants gear. The store is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5.p.m. every day and later on game days.
  • The Giant Race, which takes place every summer, represents the perfect combination of running and baseball. The course takes runners from Mission Bay along the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Mason, the Presidio and Fort Point and back, before finishing on the field at AT&T Park.
  • Free opera at AT&T Park is something you can experience in high definition on the park's 103-foot wide scoreboard. Happening every July, this free event offers opera fans - and those who are curious about this art form - a unique opportunity to experience a performance in a fun, outdoor and family-friendly environment. Simulcast live from San Francisco's historic War Memorial Opera House, previous broadcasts have attracted more than 30,000 fans. Sit on the field or in the stands, and enjoy hot dogs and garlic fries during the show! 
  • LGBT Night at AT&T Park is a way to celebrate the Bay Area's rich LGBT culture every June, in partnership with Team SF, Federation of Gay Games, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, San Francisco Pride and Horizons Foundation. All members of the LGBT community, as well as family, friends and organizations are invited to come out and show their pride at this event!

Getting There

The central location of AT&T Park makes it easy to reach. There is ample parking if you drive your own vehicle, along with a secure area for bicycles. You can also take a ride share or a city taxi. Public transit options include Muni Metro streetcar routes to the Ballpark Station. The Caltrain station is one block from the ballpark, offering access from the peninsula. A transportation guide is available on the AT&T Park website.

Nearby Attractions

Lucky Strike San Francisco
This unique entertainment venue combines chef-driven food specialties, live music, bowling and nightlife. It's a perfect spot to follow up your day at AT&T Park. www.bowlluckystrike.com

ATwater Tavern
On warm evenings, enjoy an artisanal burger or seafood dinner on the patio or rooftop of this lively waterfront restaurant. Generous views of the bay, Oakland and the baseball stadium make for an immersive San Francisco experience. www.atwatertavern.com

City Kayak
See the city from a whole new angle on a guided kayak tour with City Kayak. Tours depart from Pier 40, about a quarter mile from AT&T Park, and let you paddle into McCovey Cove and under the Bay Bridge. Twilight departures are timed so you can enjoy moonlight on the water and watch the city light up. www.citykayak.com

Yerba Buena Gardens
Find sanctuary from the baseball crowds in this green urban oasis. Waterfalls, fountains and flowering trees offer places to relax, while the nearby museums, carousel, ice rink and bowling alley keep you entertained. www.yerbabuenagardens.com

Dogpatch Neighborhood
Just a quick Muni trip down 3rd Street from AT&T Park, you'll find the eclectic Dogpatch neighborhood. This historic area has undergone a recent renaissance, and it now features one-of-a-kind galleries, shops and restaurants.

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