Formerly the AT&T Baseball Park. Whether it’s to catch a Giant’s game, attend a concert, or walk along the field and dugout where legends sit, a visit to Oracle Park is a great way to spend a San Francisco day. With breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the honor of hosting one of baseball’s most storied franchises, this is an ultimate must-see for baseball lovers in the City by the Bay.
For 40 years following their move from New York to San Francisco, major league baseball’s Giants made their home at a multi-use sports arena called Candlestick Park. Located directly on San Francisco Bay in the southeastern part of the city, the “Stick” as it was affectionately termed, saw legends in the form of Willie Mays and Barry Bonds stake their claim on America’s pastime. However, like all good things, the Giant’s run at the Stick needed to come to an end for comfort as well as practical reasons. The ageing stadium sorely needed repair and the harsh winds of the Bay made sitting in the stands in the middle of July cause to wear a winter coat.
So, at the ballot box in the fall of 1996, the people of San Francisco voted to approve the construction of a new stadium, built just for their beloved Giants on a 12.5 acre piece of land in the South of Market (SoMa) area of the city. Breaking ground on 11 December of the following year, what is now known as Oracle Park included over 40,000 seats and state-of-the-art engineering construction designed to combat the effects of the Bay’s wind.
With a total cost of $367 million dollars, Oracle Park was able to open its doors for its inaugural season on 31 March 2000. It was the first completely privately-funded major league ballpark since Dodger Stadium was finished in 1962.
Since that time, the park’s initial 40,800 seats have been added to and new features completed to make it a one-of-a-kind baseball experience. Frequently featuring “splash hits” as balls soar into the Bay, the views and experience of a game at Oracle Park are unparalleled. However, though it is a fair bit warmer than the Stick, the temps when the wind picks up can still be a bit on the chilly side despite San Francisco’s year-round mild weather.
Oracle Park is located 24 Willie Mays Plaza which is located at the corner of King and Third Streets in SoMa. In addition to hosting all San Francisco Giants home games, the park is often used for other events such as concerts and other sporting events, especially football. In fact, Oracle Park is the home of college football’s annual Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (previously the San Francisco Bowl) and was the temporary stadium of the Cal State Golden Bears during the 2011 season while their own stadium underwent renovation. Checking the schedule prior to a trip to San Francisco is the best way to take advantage of these non-baseball opportunities.
Visitors can also choose to tour the stadium itself during off hours and away stands. Tour options include a general public tour, hall of fame tour, private tours, educational tours, and a “splash” tour through the San Francisco Duck boat tour company which also includes a visit through the historic downtown district. The park even offers a birthday party package for both children and adults that include a private tour, lunch, and a visit from Giants mascot Lou Seal.
Why It’s a Must-See
For the baseball lovers among us, a trip to Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, is a great way to engage with their sport in a real, up close and personal way. Offering a variety of options from the games themselves to a host of tours, there is always a way to sneak in a peak at this amazing stadium on your San Francisco trip.
Where to Buy It
There are a number of ways you can enjoy admission to this attraction.
Save up to 20% online at Smart Destinations. If you add more than one attraction to the cart, you will get an automatic savings of up to 20%. It’s called Make Your Own Pass.
Pay Full Price and purchase a ticket from AT&T Baseball Park either online or in person.
Purchase a Tourist pass. The Oracle Park Tour is available on the Go SF Card