Few ballparks are more picturesque than San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Perched on the corner of the city at the point where South Beach meets Mission Bay, since its opening in 2000, the ballpark has been celebrated as one of the most beautiful in MLB.
Eighteen years ago, the Giants’ first series at their new ground was fittingly against the old enemy, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers were also their last opponents in the final games played at their previous home of Candlestick Park, the crumbling ballpark in Visitacion Valley that was finally pulled down three years ago.
The Dodgers won that series, but in the years that the Giants have been at AT&T Park, fortunes have swung between the two old rivals. Last season, the Dodgers famously made it to the World Series, and when they meet again at AT&T Park for the final three games of the 2018 regular season, fans looking to make a bet on the game are likely to find the LA side favorites once again. However, the Giants have also enjoyed their successes at this venue.
Ten years after moving to AT&T Park, the Giants won the World Series for the first time since their move from New York to California in 1957. They repeated the feat in 2012 and 2014, and the third of those seasons saw one of the most memorable moments witnessed at AT&T Park, when Travis Ishikawa scored a walk-off home run to get them to the World Series.
That wasn’t the only historic event to occur at AT&T Park in its relatively short existence. It was there that Barry Bonds surpassed Hank Aaron’s famous record for career home runs, scoring his 756th home run in August 2007. There was also the memorable Wednesday night in June 2012 when Matt Cain pitched a perfect game, only the 22nd in MLB history.
Few stadiums in professional sport have packed in as much history in as short a space of time as the brick-fronted AT&T Stadium, and it just happens to be one of the most fan-friendly venues for ball-game watching in the country.
The lower box seats set against the first baseline are great viewing spots and are usually where visiting fans gather, close to the visitors’ dugout. For Giants fans, the lower box seats on the third baseline are the preferred option for those who want to get near to their heroes.
Those seeking a little more luxury can choose the Club Level, where fans willing to pay a little extra can enjoy carpeted floors, plenty of shade and an outdoor terrace. At the other end of the budget scale are the view seats. These are perched up high but give a perfect view of the action and are great for families. For those who want to enjoy a more lively ballpark experience, there’s the bleachers, which can get pretty rowdy in big games.
However, one of the best aspects of watching baseball at AT&T Park is that there are no poor seats. Even the worst situated offer stunning views of the Bay Bridge and the East Bay, so no matter what happens on the field, a trip to this ballpark is always memorable.
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