Hello all:

I'm planning a trip to see the Oakland A's play but want to stay in San Francisco and commute to a couple of games. This is my 9th stadium and the 7th of our mother/daughter quest to see the Boston Red Sox play in every AL stadium. Would appreciate any advance ballparkchaser fans can provide on where to stay...what to see...where to sit...and best way to get to and from the stadium.

Final question, "does anyone know what hotel the Red Sox stay at when in Oakland?

Happy roadtripping!!!

Claire

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Comment by Thequesters Too on March 2, 2013 at 2:03pm

I have to agree with most of the posts here about taking the BART and hotels in SF. In fact some of the players actually take the BART into the game. With that said, Oakland is probably one of the easiest stadiums to get balls, autographs, etc. because the bullpen is right against the stands.

Comment by Andrei Ojeda on February 28, 2013 at 10:24pm

It's to my knowledge that teams that play in Oakland usually stay in SF, which wouldn't surprise me one bit because there aren't any true luxury hotels in Oakland. If you're going to stay in SF then you're best bet to going to the Colisuem is the BART. If you're traveling from Downtown SF, the ride is about 20 to 30 minutes, 30 at the most. When you arrive to the Coliseum, there is a pedestrian bridge that leads from the station to the stadium. However, there are a couple of econo-hotels across the streat from the Coliseum and Oakland airport is nearby so getting a room around the stadium shouldn't be hard to come by. Plus SF is just a 20-30 minute BART ride away.

Comment by Tim Choiniere on February 28, 2013 at 11:22am

It was definitely an afternoon game. I was on a 3 ballpark tour that trip, Seattle, Oakland and SF. I picked that Wed afternoon game as it was my grandfather's b-day who had passed away 1.5 years before that so went to the game to honor him. Quickest game I was ever at. Was back in SF by 3:00 as the game started at noon. My aunt was surprised when I got back there so quick.

I still blame my Dad for calling me about it in the middle of the 9th... Was my favorite game until Manny hit #500 in Baltimore May 2009 which I was at.

Comment by Robert Beans(39MLB/32MiLB/28ST) on February 28, 2013 at 11:14am

Tim,

i was also at Schillings one hitter as part of our road trip that year. it was an afternoon game and if it wasn't for Julio Lugo booting an easy ground ball Stewart never gets an at bat in the 9th. Schilling also waived off the sign from the catcher and first pitch base hit.

We were so close in seeing a no hitter for the first time but they a couple years later we were at the game when Roy Halladay pitched his perfect game in Miami.

Robert

Comment by Tim Choiniere on February 28, 2013 at 8:18am

They definitely stay in SF but not sure of hotel name. They generally stay at Residence Inns where available. I know they stay in SF based on comments by announcers, etc.

Based on a Google search, its the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco but that is from a 2005 forum post.

Easiest way to Oakland from SF is BART as it brings you right to the stadium on an easy ride.

I sat behind home plate in the 2nd deck for the Oakland game I went to. Saw Curt Schillings 1 hitter. Damn you Shannon Stewart. This is an awful stadium for baseball and needs to be replaced.

Comment by Craig (17) on February 27, 2013 at 4:15pm

I would love to know the answer to this question as there really isn't a nice hotel in Oakland. I wonder if they go into San Francisco?

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