The Bay Area’s sports scene isn’t just about the Giants; it includes several major professional franchises. Check the local newspapers’ sports sections and team websites for daily listings of local events. Along with each teams’ website, www.tickets.com and www.stubhub.com are two good places to hunt for tickets.
AT&T Park -- If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll definitely want to schedule a visit to the magnificent AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants and hailed by the media as one of the finest ballparks in America. From April through October, an often sellout crowd of 40,800 fans packs the $319-million ballpark—which has prime views of San Francisco Bay—and roots for the National League’s Giants.
During the season, regular tickets to see the team play can be expensive and hard to come by (see the website). Bleacher and standing room only seats are a cheaper option. If you can’t get bleacher seats, you can always join the "knothole gang" at the Portwalk (located behind right field) to catch a free glimpse of the game through cutout portholes into the ballpark. In the spirit of sharing, Portwalk peekers are encouraged to take in only an inning or two before giving way to fellow fans.
One guaranteed way to get into the ballpark is to take a guided tour of AT&T Park and go behind the scenes where you’ll see the press box, the dugout, the visitor's clubhouse, a luxury suite, and more. All tours run daily (except most game days) at 10:30am and 12:30pm. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (55+), $10 for kids 3 to 12, free for active military (with ID). To buy tickets online log onto the website, click on “AT&T Park” at the bottom and then select “AT&T Park Tours.” At the southeast corner of SoMa at the south end of the Embarcadero (bounded by King, Second, and Third sts.). tel. 415/972-2000. www.sfgiants.com. Bus: 10, 30, 45, or 47. Metro: N-line.
Major League Baseball
The American League’s Oakland Athletics (www.athletics.mlb.com) play across the bay in Oakland at the Coliseum, Hegenberger Road exit from I-880. The stadium holds over 50,000 spectators and is accessible through BART’s Coliseum station.
For now, the Golden State Warriors (www.nba.com/warriors) play at the ORACLE Arena, a 19,200-seat facility at 7000 Coliseum Way in Oakland. In 2017, they plan to move to new waterfront digs in the city close to AT&T Park in 2017. The season runs November through April, and most games start at 7:30pm.
The San Francisco 49ers (www.sf49ers.com) moved to their new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, where the 2016 Super Bowl will be held. Football season runs August through December. Tickets are generally sold out, but are available at higher prices through ticket agents beforehand. The 49ers’ arch enemies, the Oakland Raiders (www.raiders.com), play at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, off the I-880 freeway (Nimitz).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.