San Francisco Journals

California Sea Lions and area sports

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A June 2000 trip to San Francisco by flyin_illini

Quote: This journal is an overview of two separate weekends I've spent in San Francisco: first, in December 1997 for a football weekend, and second in June 2000, when a group of eight of us went with the primary goal of seeing the Giants vs. Mariners interleague game at the new stadium in SoMa.

California Sea Lions and area sports

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Overview

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The highlights for us were definitely the California Sea Lions at Pier 39, Alcatraz, and the day game at Pacific Bell Park. Also: cocktails at the top of the new Marriott in SoMa, a nice sushi bar a couple blocks from the stadium, and our hotel (the Park Hyatt).Quick Tips: Hotels in San Francisco can be difficult to get - even on weekends - so book early. Finding good rates is very unpredictable, so search a variety of sources and don't give up if your favorite site is quoting rooms. We eventually found a weekend special at the Park Hyatt, which is usually one of the more expensive places in town. Most Giants games are sold out, but tickets are not that difficult to get. I...Read More

Le Meridien San Francisco

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Hotel | "Park Hyatt San Francisco"

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The Park Hyatt San Francisco is an excellent Hyatt property. The hotel is in the downtown area, near the financial district (and only a few blocks away from one or two other Hyatts). The hotel has extensive amenities, including a nice restaurant and lounge. (We spent time in the lounge, but not the restaurant.) For our room, we were upgraded to a "deluxe" room. Basically, this is a hotel room with a larger bathroom and a sitting room (not a full suite). We had a large balcony with room enough for 4 people to sit outside. We had a partial bay view, but mostly our view was of other buildings. Still, a very, very nice room. Although hyatt.com wanted $250+ for rooms at this property...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

Le Meridien San Francisco
333 Battery Street
San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 392-1234

Candlestick Park

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Attraction | "Candlestick Park - Home of the Niners"

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Rule Number 1: Natives still call this stadium The 'Stick. They always will. Nobody calls it "3Com" or whatever this year's sponsor is. The stadium was built in the late 50's/early 60's (I forget which) and instantly became a famously hideous baseball venue (from a player's perspective, not necessarily a fan's), thanks to the swirling winds. For football, I didn't notice this as an issue - possibly because of the way the seats were configured. I attended a Carolina-49ers game in December 1996. This was the year that both teams were vying for the Western Division crown and a first-round bye. Going in, everyone knew that the winner of the game would take the title. It was a fantas...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2001

Candlestick Park
Candlestick Point
Bayview Heights, San Francisco 94124
(415) 595-4900

Oakland Raiders

Attraction | "Oakland Colesium - Home of the Raidas"

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December 1996 - Monday Night Football. Chiefs vs. Raiders. I'm a huge Chiefs fan, so I was obviously jacked to see this game on Monday night. Rule number 1 in Oaktown is that if you are an opposing fan, don't dress head-to-toe in your team's colors. Most football fans have all heard horror stories about visiting fans getting roughed up in Oakland, so we were careful. Jeans, gray sweatshirt, neutral hat. After getting to the game, pre-partying in the parking lot, and entering the stadium, I realized that Raider fans are just like fans in other blue-collar football cities. They are certainly no worse than the thousands of redneck Chiefs fans out there who love nothing more than to h...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 15, 2001

Oakland Raiders
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, California 94621
+1 888 447 2433

Pier 39

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Attraction | "California Sea Lions"

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This was surprisingly one of our favorite parts of the trip to San Francisco. Adjacent to Pier 39 are about a hundred California sea lions that quite enjoy putting on a show. (They also draw a large crowd of onlookers.) When we were there in June, we saw a wide range of sea lions: about a dozen pups, a few large adults, and what looked like quite a few adolescents (although I'm certainly no expert - that was just the appearance). Supposedly, all of the Pier 39 sea lions are males. It was fun watching the sea lions play 'king of the dock' and bump each other off into the water. A large bull seemed to enjoy barking at the tourists. The pups were content to curl up amongst themselves and sleep...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

Pier 39
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 981 7437

AT&T Park/San Francisco Giants Ballpark

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Attraction | "Pacific Bell Park"

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Pacific Bell Park is a great place to watch a game, watch people, watch the bay, or just watch for the beer man. We attended a game last year between San Francisco and Seattle. The stadium is in SoMa, a short cab ride from downtown. Although Pacific Bell no longer exists as a company (it was acquired by SBC), the stadium is still known as Pac Bell Park, and that probably won't change (just like the 'Stick will always be the 'Stick, regardless of who pays to say otherwise). 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 be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2001

AT&T Park/San Francisco Giants Ballpark
24 Willie Mays Plaza at Third and King Streets
South Beach, San Francisco 94103
(877) 734-1001