Everything You Need to Know About San Francisco's Oracle Park
Even if you're not planning to catch a San Francisco Giants home game, you'll find plenty to do at Oracle Park. San Francisco's award-winning waterfront complex is used year round for races, concerts and performances. Private events, ranging from a dozen to several thousand people, can be accommodated in the Park’s many venues.
Oracle Park opened on April 11, 2000, replacing iconic (and windy) Candlestick Park as the city’s local multi-use stadium and home of its three-time World Series championship baseball team. The first privately financed major league ballpark built since 1962, Oracle Park was awarded a LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance. This award officially made Oracle Park "the greenest ballpark in the United States." It was also designed to have less than half the wind interference of Candlestick Park. Oracle Park - formerly PacBell Park, SBC Park, and AT&T Park - has welcomed over 50 million guests for various programs since its opening.
How to See a Baseball Game
The best starting point for tickets is the Giants’ own website, while the MLB Ballpark Mobile App for iPhone or Android adds additional personalized functionality. Premium offers, social media connections and beacon technology let you order food and more, right from your seat. StubHub is the approved secondary ticket market for Giants baseball tickets. For all single-game ticket purchasers, the Giants have transitioned to mobile-only ticket entry for the 2019 season.
Oracle Park Enhancements
The ballpark has undergone many cosmetic improvements in preparation for the 2019 season, one of them being the installation of a brand new video board in center field. This state-of-the-art video board will be the first 4K display in MLB and will be more than three times as large with twice the resolution of the former display. There will also be additional clubs and lounges throughout the ballpark, including The Cloud Club, a new all-inclusive lounge on the Suite Level; The Waterfront, a social gathering spot for fans under the scoreboard; and a revamped Blue Shield Field Club.
2019 Home Opener
The Giants will open the 2019 season at home against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, Apr. 5. This day will be the final home opener for manager Bruce Bochy, who will retire at the end of the season after 13 years with the Giants and 25 years as a big league manager. The Giants will begin the season-long retirement celebration by honoring Bochy during the home opener, followed by honoring special Forever Giants who recently passed away, including Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. The team will also pay tribute to the first responders of the devastating California wildfires to remember those who lost their lives and those who were significantly impacted. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 12:45 p.m.
During baseball season, the abundance and variety of food available at Oracle Park is clear evidence that this stadium is a San Francisco original. Unusual treats include savory porcini doughnuts topped with raclette foam from the popular Rich Table. Mouthwatering crab dishes are on offer at Crazy Crab’z Sandwich, while Tony’s Slice House offers authentic deep-dish pizza. Of course, throughout the park there are numerous snacks like pulled pork sandwiches, Mission-style burritos, hot dogs and popcorn. Full-service restaurants like The Garden Table and The Hearth Table offer extensive menus, and the Great House of Brews features upscale bar food like fried brussels sprouts with lemon aioli, along with more traditional fare.
- Public, private & educational Tours of Oracle Park are offered on a year-round basis. Tours can be customized to the age and interest of the group, and specially themed tours include a range of extraordinary behind-the-scenes access. Entry into the dugout, the visitors’ clubhouse, the field itself and game-day batting practice are all available. Last year, a record 37,000 visitors took advantage of Oracle Park tour options. Over 300 private tours are conducted annually.
- The Coca Cola Fan Lot is a one-of-a-kind family attraction located right inside the park, just behind the left-field bleachers. Accessible year-round (and free to all ticket-holders on game days), the Fan Lot features a 47-foot-high super-slide in the shape of a Coke bottle, with viewing platforms and smaller slides. The Fan Lot also features a 26-foot-tall replica of a 1927 baseball glove, as well as a miniature replica of the baseball field for pint-sized sluggers. Preserve memories of your visit, while wearing an official Giants jersey, at the Fan Lot's popular photo booth.
- The Giants Dugout Store is the place to stock up on all your San Francisco Giants gear. The store is open year-round from 10 a.m. to 5.p.m. every day and later on game days.
- The Giant Race, which takes place every summer, represents the perfect combination of running and baseball. The course takes runners from Mission Bay along the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Mason, the Presidio and Fort Point and back, before finishing on the field at Oracle Park. The Giant Race is just one way to Run San Francisco.
- LGBT Night at Oracle Park is a way to celebrate the Bay Area's rich LGBT culture every June, in partnership with Team SF, Federation of Gay Games, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, San Francisco Pride and Horizons Foundation. All members of the LGBT community, as well as family, friends and organizations are invited to come out and show their pride at this event!
New Special Events
In addition to annual heritage nights, college nights, and the other 60+ special events that are planned for the 2019 season, the Giants will host brand new events: Bike to the Park Night (Apr. 9), McCovey Cove Wine Mixer (Jun. 15), Team Up for Tahoe (Jun. 29), Movie Day at the Ballpark featuring "Top Gun" (Jul. 7), Nurses Night Out (Aug. 6), Fiesta Gigantes Greats (Sept. 13), and Greek Heritage Night (Sept. 27).
The central location of Oracle Park makes it easy to reach. There is ample parking if you drive your own vehicle, along with a secure area for bicycles. You can also take a ride share or a city taxi. Public transit options include Muni Metro streetcar routes to the Ballpark Station. The Caltrain station is one block from the ballpark, offering access from the peninsula. A transportation guide is available on the Oracle Park website.
Lucky Strike San Francisco
This unique entertainment venue combines chef-driven food specialties, live music, bowling and nightlife. It's a perfect spot to follow up your day at Oracle Park. bowlluckystrike.com
See the city from a whole new angle on a guided kayak tour with City Kayak. Tours depart from Pier 40, about a quarter mile from Oracle Park, and let you paddle into McCovey Cove and under the Bay Bridge. Twilight departures are timed so you can enjoy moonlight on the water and watch the city light up. citykayak.com
Yerba Buena Gardens
Find sanctuary from the baseball crowds in this green urban oasis. Waterfalls, fountains and flowering trees offer places to relax, while the nearby museums, carousel, ice rink and bowling alley keep you entertained. yerbabuenagardens.com
Just a quick Muni trip down Third Street from Oracle Park, you'll find the eclectic Dogpatch neighborhood. This historic area has undergone a recent renaissance, and it now features one-of-a-kind galleries, shops and restaurants.