Experience America's Pastime, San Francisco Style
Whether you're a sports fan, a foodie, or just looking to experience authentic local culture, a San Francisco Giants baseball game at Oracle Park is one of the must-do's for visitors to San Francisco.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the San Francisco Bay, Oracle Park is one of the most beautiful sports venues, with a passionate and friendly fan-base that has been treated to three World Series titles this decade.
While Oracle Park has all the iconic features that make baseball "America's Game"—such as hot dogs, beer, and the traditional singing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"—it is also a distinctly San Franciscan experience. It is home to a vibrant community of passionate fans and is a venue rich in history, despite only having opened in 2000. Oracle Park is much more than a ballpark. It's filled with surprises and designed to be explored.
Oracle Park Essentials
The Major League Baseball season traditionally runs from April until the end of September.
Where to Sit
Known as the View Level, the top level behind home plate (Sections 302-320) offers stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the field of play. If you want a more relaxed atmosphere, the Bleachers (sections 136-142) are the place to be and definitely have a more social vibe. The View Level always has affordable seats in right field (304-307) or left field (332-336). View a seat map here.
Wherever your ticketed seats are, you will always get the most out of the ballpark by taking some time to explore everything it has to offer. Unlike other stadiums, you can wander from level to level and section to section. At Field Level, you can start behind home plate and walk the circumference of the park, getting stellar views of McCovey Cove outside and every angle of the field inside. You can also visit the children's play area in left field, home to a mini-baseball diamond for your junior slugger and the ballpark's signature Coca-Cola slide.
The Best Ballpark Food
San Francisco is a culinary capital, and its ballpark is no different. Here are just a few delicious dishes that you must try.
Gilroy Garlic Fries
You'll smell these before you see them. Good luck resisting their oily, garlicy charm. They are the iconic Oracle Park dish. Just make sure you don't end up on the KissCam afterwards.
What could be more San Francisco than eating the world's first plant-based, lab-grown non-beef patty that tastes exactly like beef?
Crazy Crab Sandwich
A favorite among visitors and locals, the sandwich consists of fresh crab meat, mayonnaise, and sliced tomatoes served between buttered sourdough bread.
CREAM Ice Cream Sandwiches
This local ice creamery is the perfect dessert (for those of you with room left). Choose from cookies or brownies as the "bread" and then select your flavor for an instantly Instagrammable ice cream sandwich!
Read more about Oracle Park's food options here.
One of the unique features of Oracle Park is The Garden, a functional open-air garden situated under the scoreboard at center field. Its two eateries and bar serve items made with produce sourced directly from the garden itself.
For even more information about watching a baseball game in-season, click here.
If you are traveling to San Francisco between October and March, you can always get a behind-the-scenes look at this majestic venue by taking one of the ballpark tours that run year-round. With access to places usually reserved for players, staff, and VIPs, a Behind-the-Scenes Tour is the quickest way to get a feel for why the Giants are the heartbeat of San Francisco.