There are ballparks and then there is San Francisco’s AT&T Park. It seems every year AT&T Park is ranked as the best ballpark in the major leagues and with good reason. With a great throwback design that’s packed with modern amenities, incredible views, excellent food, and an atmosphere on game days that rivals any other ballpark, we feel every fan should experience a game at AT&T Park. So, to help you get the most out of your visit, here are 5 things we think every fan should do at AT&T Park.
Take a Tour
Yep, you got it. If you really want to see AT&T Park you need to take a tour of the ballpark. A tour of AT&T Park gives you the opportunity to visit places within the ballpark that are usually off limits to fans. You will get to go down under the stadium to the visitors batting cage as well as get an inside look at the visitor’s clubhouse. Tour participants will also get to go onto the field’s warning track and into the dugout where you can snap a few pictures that will make your friends jealous. Tours also include stops to the press box and the top of the stadium for views of the ballpark and the surrounding bay area which we promise you will never forget. Tours of AT&T Park are very popular and can sell out so be sure to check the San Francisco Giants official website for tour availability and blackout dates. You may also want to inquire about which tour stops will be available the day you go. Remember every day at the ballpark is different and each tour is scheduled according to game times, special events, weather, etc. No matter what is happening that day we still highly recommend a tour to get the most out of your visit.
Explore Outside the BAllpark
Before you even enter AT&T Park arrive early and walk the exterior of the ballpark. Be sure to check out the Giants Wall of Fame along King Street which the Giants call a “living tribute” to the organization’s greatest players. On the opposite side of the ballpark along the McCovey Cove waterfront is the Portwalk History Walk which memorializes special moments in Giants history. Also, be sure to stop and take a peek into the stadium from underneath the right-field wall. Here fans are allowed to stand during games and watch up to three innings for free. That’s right there’s no charge to watch a game from the Portwalk and its a great view of the ballpark too!The Portwalk is also an excellent place to snag a few home run balls hit during batting practice if you have not entered the ballpark already. Looking for a “Splash Hit?” From the Portwalk you can compete with the fans in boats and kayaks who regularly patrol the waterfront for home runs during the game. The Giants have also surrounded AT&T Park with statues featuring Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey, and the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seal. Definitely be sure to stop in front of the famous Willie Mays statue outside the main gates in Willie Mays Plaza before entering. It is here where you will find most fans gathering before the game. After the game exit out into the plaza where street performers will greet you upon your exit and you can purchase some street food before heading back downtown.
Walk the Ballpark For Incredible Views
Ok, so, you are going to do a lot of walking if follow our recommendations on this list but trust us it will be worth a little exercise. The secret to AT&T Park is playing the angles. That is, no matter where you stand or sit you will get a great view of the action on the field and what’s even better is that no two views are the same. The promenade level is the main concourse that stretches all the way around the ballpark. It is on the promenade level where fans can access the field, Fan Lot, concession stands, view the franchises world series trophies and rings, and grab a first-game certificate at guest services. You can also access the right field arcade where the resident ballhawks battle for home runs hit over the wall. While on the Arcade, look behind you for a birds-eye view of the kayaks and boats in McCovey Cove. Beyond the centerfield scoreboard is another terrific place to get a great view of the city skyline and Bay Bridge, especially at night. Follow the steps below the centerfield scoreboard and there is a hidden batting cage where you can take some cuts before moving on to your next stop. If you are looking for even better views, go up. The higher you go at AT&T Park the better the views. Head to the Club Level (ticket required) and View level and we promise you even more spectacular views of the ballpark and surrounding area than you found on the promenade. The truth is though, no matter where you are you will be amazed by the design of this magnificent ballpark. So, get up out of your seat and go explore a little bit.
Check Out the Fan Lot
Just beyond the left-field bleachers on the mezzanine level is the AT&T Park Fan Lot. The Fan Lot is one of the most visited parts of the ballpark. It’s an interactive play area that offers something for everyone. If you are 14 years old or younger you can ride a 20 foot slide down the famous Coca-Cola bottle. Also, children can hit softballs and run the bases in the Little Giants Park, a replica of AT&T Park. There is an interactive photo booth and fans of any age can walk to the top of the 26-foot high three-fingered mitt and get an autograph “rubbing” from one of their favorite all-time great Giants. The Fan Lot also serves as a great place to stop and watch a bit of the game but be warned the Fan Lot can become a bit chaotic during game time so we recommend visiting the Fan Lot early before there are long lines and the area becomes congested with traffic.
Eat Lots of Food
We love a good hotdog at the ballpark, but the Giants have taken food at the ballpark to the next level. No, wait, make that to the level above the next level. Everywhere you look in AT&T Park fans have stacks of plates and mounds of food in their hands. BBQ, tacos, sushi, poke, brisket, crab sandwiches, clam chowder, and no one leaves the game without trying the Gilroy Garlic Fries first. Thirsty? Why not have a glass of wine with your meal. Not a wine drinker? How about a cocktail, or craft beer, or a fruit or vegetable juice blend to go with the seasonal salad you got from the Garden? Is it one of those brisk San Francisco evenings? Order yourself a cappuccino or hot chocolate. If you can think it up it is probably offered somewhere at At&T Park. Seriously, there are so many options for food and drink at the ballpark no matter who you are there is something there to meet your needs. We won’t tell you what to eat or drink we’ll just recommend you try it all.
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