AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants)

IMG_1822An evening at AT&T Park is hard to beat for a baseball fan. The ballpark is within reasonable walking distance of downtown and seems very inviting as you approach.

The stadium’s brick architecture stands out nicely and is enhanced by the Giants’ orange color. Statues of team legends including Willie Mays and Juan Marichal give each entrance gate its own unique feel. An easy-to-complete lap around the exterior also takes you along McCovey’s cove where you can peer into the outfield through the fence during warmups.

Inside AT&T the views are fantastic, with the upper level behind home plate offering great panoramic photo opportunities. Highlights are numerous as you walk around the concourses: the cable car in center field, the giant Coke bottle and glove in left, the standing room areas in right, and great and varied concession stands everywhere. Warm food and hot chocolate are nice options as the air cools off in the evening – overall you get the experience of baseball with weather that feels like a college football Saturday in the Midwest.

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A Tip of the Cap

  • Building a nearly perfect ballpark in a great setting
  • Use of local restaurants as concession providers
  • Bringing the water into play in right field (just enough, for really hard hit home runs)

Swing and a Miss

Parking is very expensive around the ballpark, but not necessary if you stay close enough to walk or utilize public transportation options.

Trip to the Mound

Recommend seats in the upper level so you can enjoy the view of sunset. Spend several innings milling around the outfield concourses where there are great places to stand and still view the game.

IMG_1890Overall Rating: A

Setting (A): Right along the waterfront; hard not to love McCovey’s Cove.

External Appearance (A): Inviting design with several unique entrances and statues of team greats.

Internal Appearance (A): Stunningly beautiful from every angle; views from the top are some of the best in baseball.

Atmosphere (A): Giants fans stay into it even when the evening chill arrives (Ghirardelli hot chocolates don’t hurt the cause).

Additional Photos

Main Entrance

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Lots of Brick

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Architecture

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2nd Street Gate

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Marichal

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Across Outfield

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From RF Corner

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Bridge + Bottle + Glove

Main Grandstand

Main Grandstand

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Filling It Up

Cable Car

Cable Car

From Center

From Center

Levi's Landing

Levi’s Landing

LF Corner

LF Corner

View of Right

View of Right

View of Left

View of Left

Clock

Clock

Giants' Dugout

Giants’ Dugout

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola

Willie

Willie

Juan

Juan

Peering In

Peering In

Lights

Lights

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