In honor of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, I wanted to repost my trip to AT&T Park earlier this year:
Orginally posted on 06/29/10...
This past weekend I paid a visit to AT&T Park for the first time and was on hand for an Interleague match-up between the Giants and Red Sox. It was the first of a three-game set and both teams’ fan bases were represented well within the sellout crowd.
WHAT I LIKED
--Ambience: From the sailboats in the Bay to the trains rolling into the ballpark, AT&T park unique pier setting give the stadium a one-of-kind touch. There are a ton of bars around the stadium, but enough options are available if you wish to wet your whistle.
--Views: Whether it is a view of the Bay from the upper levels or a look inward from the outfield area, the sights are amongst baseballs finest to take in.
--Scoreboard: The 100-plus foot HD scoreboard is crystal clear and one of the best I’ve viewed. I really liked how they scored the inning in real time in the main batting order feature. It made it real easy to catch up on something if you missed a batter.
--Concessions: There’s no doubt the smells rivaled Safeco Field as amongst the best I’ve ever experienced inside a stadium. There was no shortage of good food to choose from including garlic fries, crab cake sandwiches, sushi, seafood, and our personal favorite the Cha Cha Bowl (grilled chicken, rice, black beans and four choices of salsa).
--Passion: It was something I noticed during my entire time in the city – Giants’ fans are passionate. It was extremely evident at the game itself as they jawed back and forth with Red Sox fans.
--Colors: I didn’t realize how much I like the Giants’ colors until at the park. The decorations and fan gear was cool and the Giants even wore their orange jerseys on this night.
--Dimensions: The odd dimensions of the bark are as different as they come. It’s only 309 feet down the right field foul line and 399 to center, but 421 feet to the deep right field alley. They make up for the differences with a 25-foot wall in right field, but just an 8-foot wall in center and left field.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
--Weather: While it’s a big improvement over Candlestick Park, its cold in San Francisco. If you plan to go to a night game be sure to bundle up. Between the fog and the winds it is going to be chilly. Fans were decked out in gear that resembled a football game in late June.
--Ushers: I’m not sure if Fort Knox is guarded more securely than many of the sections at AT&T Park. I make a point of canvassing the entire stadium upon a visit, but that simply was not possible here as ushers prevented us from entering lower sections and McCovey Cove and some of the other outfield spots.
--Prices: Considering San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities to visit anyway, it came as no surprise that the ticket, concession, parking, and other purchasing options at the park were some of the highest I’ve ever seen. Add to it that I was watching them host the Red Sox and we paid a premium.
--Home Run Celebration: I am always interested in seeing what home teams do for a homerun. At AT&T Park when the Giants go yard, strobes flash in the Coca Cola bottle in left field as bubbles appear to float on top in the bottle’s mouth. In addition, there was steam come out of some smokestacks. It was pretty cheesy and mostly uneventful.
OVERALL GRADE: 95