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24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco, CA 94107

Stadium Opened: 2000
Capacity: 39,504
Dimensions: LF- 339 ft.  CF- 404 ft.   RF- 309 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: Pacific Bell Park, SBC Park

 

Getting to the Park and Parking: When I went to the game, we had spent the day at Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz so we had already gotten a good bargain on an "Early Bird" parking spot down by Pier 33. We decided to just stay in the area until the game so we didn't have to move the car and pay for parking again in a closer lot to the ballpark. It was a pretty good walk, but not completely unreasonable. With kids, it might be unreasonable because it was a little bit of a haul. I'm cheap, so I sucked it up and did it. If you are just going to the game, I recommend parking closer and sparing yourself the walk. Although, it is much more expensive to park closer.

Before the enter the gates: You might want to take a walk around the exterior of the park before entering. Allow plenty of time to walk around because there is a lot to see! There are statues, a wall of fame, and historical markers.

Willie Mays Gate

 

Orlando Cepeda Statue

 

Willie Mays Plaque

 

Giants Wall of Fame on the King St. side of the Ballpark

 

Willie Mays Statue

 

Giants History Walk: Consists of 22 bronze plaques honoring important moments in AT&T Park history.

Barry Bonds' 715th Homerun Plaque located in the Giants History Walk

 

China Basin Park at McCovey Point: Just over the Lefty O'Doul bridge is China Basin Park. It consists of bronze markers honoring Giants' team history from 1958 to 1999, a baseball field, and picnic areas. The famous Willie McCovey statue is located in this park. This is a great spot for taking photos looking into the ballpark. I wish it was a sunny day when I caught a game here, it would have made for better photos with the water in the background. Maybe some day I will make it back out to San Francisco and the weather will be nicer. There is a great section on the Giants' website on China Basin Park. For an aerial view of China Basin Park, click here.

 

Willie McCovey Statue in McCovey Cove

 

View From China Basin Park

 

Exterior of Ballpark: The clock towers on the King St. side of the ballpark are a prominent architectural element. Gaylord Perry's #36 is under the clock.

 

Seating: The seating bowl consists of mainly dark green fold-down seats. I took the ballpark tour so was able to get a photo on the suite level (see photo below). Probably one of the most popular seating area is the Arcade seats located above the right field wall. Fans who sit here have the luxury of only sitting amoungst a few rows of seats and also get a great view of the bay. These seats are quick to sell, so StubHub might be your only option if you want to sit here. The majority of these seats are sold in full-season ticket packages.

Upper Deck

 

Suite Level

 

Arcade Seating Area (Named for the Arches below)

 

Left Field Bleachers

 

Food: There is a variety of concesions available at the park. San Francisco's signature item is clam chowder in a bread bowl, which they do sell at the park. They also sell other seafood items such as a crab salad and crab sandwiches. Also, garlic fries are popular in San Francisco and are available at Gilroy's Garlic Fries Stands. There is also a BBQ stand called Pipkin's Pit BBQ, which is pretty popular. Other signature concessions items include: Ghiradelli Chocolate, carved sandwiches (turkey, beef brisket, and pulled pork), Orlando's Cha-Cha Bowls, and jerk chicken nachos.

Gilroy Garlic Fries Stand -Photo was taken on the tour prior to the game. The stand was open during the game.

 

 

Coca-Cola Fan Lot: This area contains a giant four-fingered baseball glove, slides, a mini AT&T Park and other family friendly attractions. This attraction is actually open year-round. The main attraction here is the slide...it contains two 56 foot long slides and two 20 foot slides. The giant Coke bottle is 80 feet long. The fan lot is located on the Promenade Level, above the left field bleachers.

 

Levi's Landing: Located in the Right Field section of AT&T Park with a view of McCovey Cove, a short 309 feet from home plate. The "Splash Hits" counter is also located here. The brick wall contains arches/openings to the field so fans can stand and watch the game for free. Access to these viewing portals is off of the Port walk.

Portal Viewing Area and Rules

 

McCovey Cove: Located behind the Right Field foul pole. It is approximately 355 feet from home plate. Home runs that land in the water on the fly are referred to as "Splash Hits". The wall in right field is 24 feet high in honor of Willie Mays, who wore #24. Fans in kayaks and boats fill the water during game time. Kayaks can be rented from Pier 40.

 

Nice Views: Even from within the stadium, there are nice views of San Francisco. Fans can see the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Oakland, from inside the ballpark.

Seals Plaza/Marina Gate (on the right). I love how the trees are planted into the sidewalk area.

 

Video Board: The Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision is an HD video board, which was installed in 2007. On either side of the video board are two light towers.

 

Beware of Temperature: It can get quite cool in San Francisco. Don't think just because you are in California, it is going to feel like summer. I went to a night game in July and it was kind of chilly. Hence the reason vendors were walking around with large amounts of hot chocolate to sell.

 

Overall Rating: 9

 

Review is based on my visit on: July 26, 2010

Questions? Comments? E-Mail me:amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com