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Sunday, June 15, 2008Ball Park Review: AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
Last night we went to AT&T Park, which is where the San Francisco Giants play. The Giants were my second favorite team for a long time because Will Clark played over there. So I have a bit of a soft spot for them.
You can read my other reviews of my Ball Park tour here.
We were able to get to the park pretty easily, but we didn't look up places to park first. So we ended up following the herd and paying $30 to park. Which is totally outrageous. I am sure there were cheaper places to park a little further away from the stadium, but we didn't know where those were. Oops.
I got two hot dogs ($4) and Mikah got two pretzels ($3.75) over the span of the game. That seems a bit expensive for the hot dogs, but the pretzels seem reasonable. There were a TON of different types of food you could get there, ranging from their famous Garlic Fries (which i opted out of, due to the desire to not get sick and the desire for Mikah to continue to talk to me for the rest of the night), Soup, Seafood, Pulled Pork, etc... They also had churro vendors, which looked good.
Here you can see the view from our seat. I don't think there is a bad seat in that place. Everything seemed to be directed at the field. A couple spots have no access to the Jumbrotron, but that is to be expected. Additionally to the view of the field, our seats on the third base side afforded us a fantastic view of the Bay (picture shown taken from a different angle, but I promise it's the same Bay).
The Jumbotron is awesome. It is enormous and crystal clear. FAAAAAARRR better than the one in Cincinnati.
The most significant other thing of note about the game is the fact that it is freezing there. I knew it got chilly, but the wind that whips off the water and through the stadium is terrible. It got so bad that we even filled out those credit card things to get free blankets (which are nice by the way!)
Giants fans display their loyalty more that Reds fans do. There were very few people in the park that didn't have on a Giants or A's shirt/hat. Since the A's were "in town", the place was packed and had a lot of energy. I think there were more A's fans than Giants fans though.
The game itself was pretty well played considering how bad both teams are. Both starting pitchers pitched very well, but the Giants lost 4-0.
It was a fun time and I got to cross another stadium off the list. That said, the next time I come to a Giants game I hope it's in August and in the day time. Or anytime where I don't have to sign up for a credit card application to stay warm!
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