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Bay Area. After spending four decades (1. Candlestick Park renowned, even in the summer, for its cold temperatures, wind and fog the Giants moved into a beautiful downtown waterfront ballpark in 2. The Giants were able to leave behind the Stick, which is close to the San Francisco airport but located 7 miles from downtown, without costing local taxpayers a dime, as their new home became the first privately funded ballpark built since Dodger Stadium opened in 1.
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After a 1. 99. 6 vote gave the Giants a reprieve from waterside height restrictions the team chose the China Basin area to build what is now known as AT& T Park. Unlike most professional sports franchises, the Giants lease the land on which the ballpark sits at fair market value. And its the real estate that the Giants lease that has given SBC Park its most distinctive feature: a sweeping view of the San Francisco Bay. The Giants have appropriately labeled the seats in the upper deck as view and sitting up high is rewarded with a panoramic sea of blue dotted by the sailboats on the Bay.
A marina is located directly behind left- center field and the masts of the docked boats can be seen from the view level, along with glimpses of Berkeley and Oakland in the distance. But I really have to give SBC Park a mixed review on taking advantage of its location. Although the ballpark resides in downtown, it was actually built facing away from the city due to wind patterns, and the orientation of SBC Park does not take advantage of the downtown buildings or bridges like PNC Park, which to me remains the standard in downtown waterfront ballparks. The Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Oakland, is located next door to SBC Park, but it is obscured from view for all but the upper right field view patrons.
Its also ironic that those seats are the only ones that have any glimpse of the downtown skyline. Also, on the day of my visit, there was a large cruise ship docked just behind the third base grandstand that I never saw until I walked along the concourse behind the grandstand. The one other thing that jumped out at me about SBC Park is the playing field. The Kentucky Bluegrass blend the Giants use is a different shade of green than normal, and the crushed volcanic rock that makes up the infield is a milky shade of brown. Even the backstop behind home plate is different, as it resembles the small fence you see at Youth League fields that dont have cables holding up the net. These factors, coupled with the field layout and brick right field wall give the ballpark a classic look. The distinct architectural feature of SBC Park is in right field, where the ballparks outfield wall and promenade parallel the water the same way the Green Monster parallels Lansdowne Street outside of Fenway Park.
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The Giants built a walkway that extends from the right field pole to near center field and this area is a hub of activity for fans to mingle or stand and watch the action. The right field wall is built below this platform, and parts of the brick wall have been cut away to feature an out of town scoreboard and the historical home run countdown for Barry Bonds. Since Bonds has been out of action for all of 2. I did not get to witness the buzz that occurs when he plays. It is doubtful that one player has ever had such an impact on the energy level of a ballpark as Barry Bonds has had at SBC Park.
The patch of water known as Mc. Covey Cove, located just a splash landing beyond the right field wall, is well- known for the crowd of kayaks seeking a historical souvenir when Bonds is in the line- up.
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A banner touting the number of splash hits home runs that land in Mc. Covey Cove hangs in right field and upwards of 1. Cove during Bonds pursuit of the home run record, all hoping for another one of his splash hits. But while Barry is injured kayak traffic is down, and on a beautiful Saturday afternoon I only saw about 1. Cove. A cool place to go before or after the game is Mc.
Covey Point and China Basin Park, which is located on the other side of Mc. Covey Cove. Along with a bronze statue of Willie Mc. Covey, the famed Giants slugger, the park features a walkway with markers detailing every San Francisco Giants team from 1. Another interesting feature located just outside of SBC Park is the public promenade on the waterfront in right field. Here fans can watch the game through a fence at no charge.
Located at field level, this standing room area accommodates about 5. They are recycled out every three innings so more fans can experience this unique treat.
Speaking of treats, fries seasoned with garlic are the main food of choice at SBC Park. They are served up at numerous concessions stands by Gordon Biersch, the chain restaurant and brewery that started in San Francisco and became famous as a result of their garlic fries. For your ears youll notice that the public address announcer has a different tone than normal. The Giants have the only female PA announcer in baseball, as Renel Brooks- Moon handles the duties (shes also the host of a local radio stations morning show). You cant watch a ballgame at SBC Park without noticing the huge 8. Coca- Cola bottle and super sized glove behind the left field bleachers. The Coke bottle actually houses four slides for kids, while the 2.
The team also pays homage to their past greats by displaying the retired numbers of both New York and San Francisco Giants on the façade above the club level. San Francisco is known for a high cost of living and tickets are definitely more expensive than at most ballparks, but that hasnt kept the crowds from coming. Since moving from Candlestick the Giants have routinely led the National League in home attendance, topping 3 million fans each season, and the team more than doubled their season ticket base. Much like the tickets, parking isnt cheap. The Giants charge $2. Lefty ODoul Bridge. The cheapest spot I was able to find downtown still cost $1.
The high parking prices are in place to encourage the use of public transportation, which include the Muni Metro streetcars and trolley busses, BART (via an in- station link to Muni Metro), Cal. Train, buses and ferries. Once you arrive at SBC Park you are greeted with palm trees and a brick exterior that is highlighted by the clock tower located behind home plate. Statues of Giants legends Willie Mays and Juan Marichal are located close to entrance gates.
Its hard to believe that just a decade ago the Giants were very close to abandoning San Francisco for Tampa Bay, where Tropicana Field had been built in 1. Major League team. Prior to moving into SBC Park getting fans through the turnstiles was a problem for the Giants, as attendance figures in their last 2. Candlestick Park were all below the National League average. But local businessman Peter Magowan put together a group that saved the Giants from moving and when he took control of the team in 1. San Francisco fans would be proud to call home.
Its safe to say that mission has been accomplished. Much like the Golden Gate Bridge across town, SBC Park has become a source of pride in the Bay Area, and even if it doesnt take advantage of all the area's picturesque surroundings the Giants and their fans are here to stay. Written by Graham Knight on May 2.
Caltrain - 1. 48 Photos - Public Transportation - So. Ma - San Francisco, CA - Reviews. My Caltrain experience was a smooth and successful one.
At the Diridon Station, the Caltrain machines are very easy to find, labeled with a huge C logo. From there, ordering your ticket is pretty much self- explanatory. You can buy your day pass, your round trip pass, etc. Plus, the security officers are very nice and are willing to help you out if you are having trouble. There are also various frames around the station that show you exactly what times the train departs and arrives at certain locations during the weekdays and weekends. As for the Caltrain ride itself, it was not bad at all. The seats are comfortable and there is enough leg room so you don't feel like you're cramping up in a claustrophobic space.
When you go with a friend, time flies by at a lightning speed. Before we knew it, we were already in San Francisco. Also, don't try to sneak in the Caltrain - every time I've been on it, an employee checks to see if you've purchased a ticket. Don't be that person that they kick off at a random stop just so you could mooch a free ride because it's totally not worth, haha.
As for food, I believe you can eat on the train.. I did. If you are looking for a convenient and comfortable way to commute to/from work, I would definitely recommend the Caltrain. The BART is a bit cheaper in price, but it is not as comfortable or clean.
As for the Caltrain, it is definitely pricier, but you're paying for a quality ride.