Editor's Note: This property was originally named Pacific Bell Park and formerly named SBC Park.
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May 4, 2004
Flash forward: I am an adult living in San Francisco. My partner gets Giants tickets a couple times each year. Shouldn't I fake sick or just refuse to go? Hell, NO and miss a chance to go to SBC Park! NO WAY!
Even if you hate baseball, this is one stadium you can fall in love with. The stadium opened in 2000 as Park Bell Park. It was built on the water in the Embarcadero in the image some of the old great parks. The stadium is truly something to see.
You first off notice the huge Coke bottle and the large baseball mit. These are actually playground props for the large kiddie play ground on the side of the field (where were they when I was a kid?).
The park has a great setting right on the water. The outfield sits just a few feet from our bay. Boats hug the stadium during the game in hopes of catching a Bond's homerun. It's a colorful sight.
What this place does have is FOOD, lots and lots and lots of food. Sushi, Chinese, an Irish Pub, Krispy Kreme donuts, a carvery, chowder in a bread bowl, Mexican food, an oyster bar, a dessert bar, the best hot fudge sundaes in the world, full bars and wine tasting from all the great California wineries. Being in California it also has a salad bar and fresh produce. Oh yeah, did I forget hotdogs, nachos, popcorn, Cracker Jacks, and beer are also available? The food is actually good. You can spend the whole game making your way from stand to stand to stand and trying a little of everything.
This week Pullen and Katie came in from Atlanta. The Giants were playing the Marlins from Florida. Chris got tickets. It was a beautiful day on the bay, blue, sunny and even a bit hot. We took BART into the city and went to the game. I took the kids to the playground and Patrick and Breana batted a few whiffel balls. Then we made the food rounds. I admit I did have one of those outrageous hot fudge sundaes! Soon the game was over and it was time to go! Who won the game? I think I heard someone say on the way out that the Giants won!
From journal Living in the Bay Area
Kansas City, Missouri
May 9, 2001
The most desirable seat locations in the stadium seem to be the outfield bleachers or the first-base side. The bleacher area is where the party is, and the first-base side seats offer a great bay view (the higher up the better). Our seats were third-base side, which was perfect for watching baseball. After a few innings, we wandered out to right field and watched the end of the game on top of the right-field wall where Barry Bonds likes to hit his home runs (he didn't leave the yard when we were there).
Midwestern baseball fans may have a hard time getting used to Pac Bell's concession offerings. It's quite gourmet. What we in the Midwest would refer to as a dog and a Lite becomes a "specialty sausage" and a Chardonnay at this stadium. The garlic fries are something else, though...
There's a good bar at which to pre- or post-party directly outside the stadium on the third-base side. They serve dogs & beer.
From journal California Sea Lions and area sports
by Big Louie
September 7, 2001
The food and drink inside the park is extensive (micro-brews, garlic fries, krispy kreme donuts, burgers, dogs, etc.) but it is very expensive. Save yourself some cash by bringing in sandwiches or burritos from a local joint. There are several cafes and a cantina on South Park, just two blocks from Pac Bell. If you bring beverages, make sure they are in plastic bottles, as glass is not allowed in.
From journal Hip but reasonable San Francisco
January 5, 2007
From journal San Francisco in June
Santa Cruz, California
August 16, 2004
From journal The San Francisco Treat