UPDATE: Since this entry was published I have had a chance to visit At&T park myself, and I was not disappointed. At&T is only a year younger than Safeco Field, and the similarities in the structure were not lost on me.
It was a BEAUTIFUL day in San Francisco, not a cloud in the sky and a perfect 75 degrees and sunny for the 1:15 first pitch. We started the game at Public House and it completely lived up to it’s reputation. The atmosphere was easy going, bursting with positivity and fun. There was full bar to the left as we entered and it was busy as ever. We got our drinks there, and this is the first time I learned that most stadiums allow hard alcohol past a designated bar area. Safeco only allows beer to your seats (if you are not in a premium seating location). We were in section 330, about half way in the section. I tend to always end up on the 3rd base side, but more times than none it offers a better view of everything. Our seats were excellent and I could see the whole entire bay. An added plus, a guy in a Mariners hat sat directly in front of me. Strength in numbers, people. #GoMariners
The Giants took on the Cardinals that day. Both teams are NL powerhouses, and both are well versed in championship behavior. The Cardinals having 11 World Series Championships overall and the Giants have won 3 rings over the last 5 seasons. There was a ton of pride going on in the stadium that day. In game entertainment was really interactive, and featured something different every inning. The most impressive was a bit of a fan that was asked to identify a disney character based on their outline, and the woman participating got all 10/10 correct! I don’t know about you, but I could only name about 3 without second guessing myself. A talking seal sang “We Will Rock You” during the 7th inning stretch. It was oddly very funny and who knew a talking sea animal would make me laugh so much. Overall the game was really fun, The Cardinals ended up topping the Giants 7-5 thanks to a Marlon Byrd birthday bash of 2 doubles, a triple and 4 RBIs.
This entry is courtesy of my good friend Cameron Russo, who is based out of San Francisco. I greatly value his opinion because he has spent nearly his entire life living near the San Francisco area as a fan and a few years as an employee for the Giants. My own trip to this ballpark is scheduled for August 31st, and I cannot wait to hang out in the bay area for a weekend with some great friends!
A QUICK GUIDE TO AT&T PARK AND GIANTS BASEBALL:
- AT&T Park opened on April 11, 2000. Previously named Pac-Bell Park and SBC Park. The Giants had played at Candlestick Park from 1960-1999.
- AT&T is home to the 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series Champion Giants. The Giants clinched the National League West Division Title in its inaugural season at the new stadium and earned a World Series birth in 2002.
- The Giants franchise has the most Hall of Famers (23) and franchise wins in MLB history (New York and San Francisco)
Set National League sellout record with their 258th consecutive sellout at AT&T Park (every game since Oct. 1, 2010)
- Mascot: Lou Seal
- Buster Posey (Catcher #28)- A hall of famer in the making he has already won 3 World Series championships, a 2012 National League MVP, and a batting title. He is hitting .332 with 16 HR and 75 RBI in 2015 on pace to arguably another MVP.
- Tim Lincecum (Pitcher #55) – Won 2 Cy Young awards in his first three season in the majors. A four-time-all-star and known as “The Freak”. Ace of the 2010 World Series Championship team. He’s also a former University of Washington Husky (go dawgs!).
- Barry Bonds (Outfield #25)- The greatest player in San Francisco history, arguably the greatest to play the game. He is also one of the poster boys for the steroid era. His career numbers include: 762 home runs (1st in MLB for most homeruns ever hit), 2558 walks, 73 home runs in 2001, 12x Silver Slugger, 7x National League MVP, 14x All-star, 2925 hits, 541 stolen bases.
- Will Clark (Infield/1B #22) or “Will the Thrill”- Made five all-star appearances for San Francisco. He had three seasons of 100+ RBI and finished second in MVP voting in 1989. First major league at bat he homered off of Nolan Ryan.
- Robb Nen (Pitcher #31)-The all time Giants save leader is in the top 20 saves leaders of all time and had a 2.43 ERA over 365 appearances for San Francisco. He had a 10.8 SO per 9 innings ratio.
SEATS & FOOD/DRINK:
- AT&T seats about 41,000 people.
- Best cheap seats (approx. $30) are the Center Field Bleachers with easy access to the center field concession stands (Orlando’s BBQ, Say Hey! Willie Mays Sausages, Crazy Crab’z) and both the field and promenade levels.
- Fan food favorites: Gilroy Garlic Fries, Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Sundaes, Orlando’s Cha-Cha Bowl, and Crazy Crab’z Fresh Dungeness crab Sourdough sandwich.
- MIJITA: Mexican restaurant that serves tamales, tacos and margaritas located in Willie Mays plaza (next door to Public House
- PUBLIC HOUSE: The parks best beer selection (20 craft beers on tap local & national. Get wristband for access in and out of the park and it is the cheapest way to drink at the stadium.) Also located in Willie Mays Plaza.
- THE YARD AT MISSION ROCK: New beer garden and food truck court made from used shipping containers. Located in Parking lot A directly across from McCovey Cove at AT&T Park. Cheap foo and drink before the game.
- Coca-Cola Fan Lot: Coke Bottle (80 ft. long slide) located in left field bleachers along with a mini ballpark (50-by-50ft. replica of AT&T) for base running and whiffle ball.
- Nine-foot-high statue of Hall of Famer Willie Mays at the main entrance of the ballpark (3rd and King). Called Willie Mays Plaza (where before mentioned restaurants are located along with the Giants Dugout Store.
- Lefty O’Doul Bridge: Located behind right field where fans can watch the game through a field level fence for free. Also there is a bike rental station and fans can catch a ferry from McCovey Cove.
- McCovey Cove: Small cove where kayakers can be seen waiting to catch home run balls. There has only been 78 splash hit homeruns at AT&T park (according to the official count in the stadium) a majority hit by Barry Bonds.