Professional Sports You Can See in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Professional Sports You Can See in the San Francisco Bay Area

It's always the right season for some type of professional sport in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here's a quick run-down of who's playing and when you can catch some of the action.

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It's always the right season for some type of professional sport in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here's a quick run-down of who's playing and when you can catch some of the action.

Baseball: San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics

Baseball season starts in early April and runs until early October, which lets you enjoy the games in San Francisco's dier, mild weather. Plus, if your team makes it into the World Series, you have the opportunity to enjoy a few more thrilling days. Baseball tickets can be purchased at each team's official MLB website or at any ticket outlet (such as StubHub or TicketCity) that sells tickets to the stadium. If your baseball game is canceled, you can access the raincheck and other ticket policies on the team's website.

San Francisco's Major League Baseball team is the Giants (playing in the National League), who first played in New York (where they originated in the 1880s) before coming to San Francisco. The Giants played in San Francisco's iconic Candlestick Park from 1960 to 1999, but they moved to Oracle Park in 2000. To catch the Giants at a home game, head to beautiful Oracle Park. This stadium is centrally located and can be accessed by public transportation. Even when the Giants aren't in town, you can still enjoy Oracle Park with a behind-the-scenes tour .

Across the bay, you'll find the Oakland Athletics, usually called the Oakland A's, an American League team founded in 1901 in Philadelphia that moved to Oakland in 1968. They were spotlighted in the book and Oscar-nominated film "Moneyball," which shows how this winning team was assembled on a thin budget. The A's have played in the same stadium since 1968 that was once called the Oakland Coliseum but now goes by the name O.co Coliseum. O.co Coliseum can be reached by car, BART, Alameda County Transit or Capitol Corridor Train.

Basketball: Golden State Warriors

San Franciscans cheer for the Golden State Warriors, the NBA champions based in Oakland. First formed in Philadelphia in 1946, the team became the San Francisco Warriors in 1962 and by 1971, they represented the entire state and relocated to what is now the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Basketball's regular season begins in October and ends around the middle of April. Tickets can be purchased at the team's website or at any ticket service for Oracle Arena. Since the Oracle Arena is situated next to the O.co Coliseum, the same transit options can also be used for both venues. Basketball games aren't subject to cancelation, so you can plan your ticket purchase with full confidence.

Football: San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders

Football season begins with preseason games in August and runs until the SuperBowl in early February.

The San Francisco 49ers hold the honor of being the city's very first professional major-league sports team. The 49ers played their home games in San Francisco from 1946 to 2013, first at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park and then at Candlestick Park. In 2014, the team moved 40 miles south to a spacious new home at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. This stunning new venue can be easily reached by the Valley Transportation Authority light rail and city buses, as well as the Capitol Corridor train and Caltrain for a direct connection to San Francisco. Football games are almost never canceled, although they are occasionally moved or rescheduled. For tickets and suite rentals, you can go to the team's website or Levi's Stadium homepage.

When the Oakland Raiders were first founded in 1960 and since then have given rise to a fiercely loyal fan base: the Raider Nation. The Raiders are the traditional rivals of San Francisco's 49ers, and since they play in different conferences the "Battle of the Bay" match ups happen every four years in the regular season. The Raiders share use of the O.co Coliseum with the Oakland A's baseball team, and game tickets can be purchased from the Raiders website or from the Ticketmaster links on the O.co Coliseum website.

Hockey: San Jose Sharks

San Francisco Bay Area hockey fans follow the San Jose Sharks, one of the teams in the National Hockey League. The regular season runs from early October to April, with the Stanley Cup playoffs coming later. The Sharks play in San Jose's SAP Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. Caltrain brings San Francisco hockey fans directly to the venue, while ACE and VTA buses provide access along many local routes. Fans can also access the venue from the Capitol Corridor train, arriving at Diridon Station directly across the street from the Pavilion. The Sharks are known for their theatrical entrance, which involves lowering a 17-foot shark mouth with flashing red eyes from the ceiling.

Soccer: San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose is also home to the Bay Area's only Major League Soccer team, the San Jose Earthquakes. Initially known as the Clash when they formed in 1996, this team was one of the 10 charter members of the MLS. They play in San Jose's Avaya Stadium, and their season runs from early March to late October. Tickets to games can be found on the team's website or through Avaya Stadium's Ticketmaster link. Visibility in the stadium is exceptionally good because the seat rise is the steepest of any soccer stadium in Major League Soccer. Avaya Stadium also boasts the largest outdoor bar in North America.

Professional Golf

The Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City has hosted the LPGA Mediheal Championship since 2018. The annual event in spring brings 144 of the world's best LPGA golfers to compete for a prize purse of more than $1 million. Daily and weekly grounds passes are available, as well as Skybox access. TPC Harding Park in San Francisco has hosted the 2009 Presidents Cup (and will do so again in 2025), as well as the 2020 PGA Championship in May. Resorts from Napa, including Silverado, down to Pebble Beach in Monterey County regularly feature on the PGA TOUR schedule, adding to the popular golf scene in the region.