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One Year Later, Pacific Bell Park Still The Miracle On Third Street

Pac Bell Park

Known as "The Miracle on Third Street," Pacific Bell Park opened on April 11, 2000. Designed to be a “state of the art old-fashioned ballpark,” Pacific Bell Park is the first privately financed major league ballpark built in more than 40 years. No wonder San Franciscans love it! It's located so close to the San Francisco Bay that balls hit out of the stadium over right field splash into the San Francisco Bay at “McCovey Cove,” named after Giants great Willie McCovey.

Location: The ballpark is located at Third and King Streets by China Basin, however the official street address is 24 Willie Mays Plaza, honoring one of the greatest players in Giants history. The plaza features 24 palm trees in recognition of Mays' jersey number and is home to a nine-foot bronze sculpture of the famous ballplayer.

Seating Capacity: All 40,930 seats are angled for the best view of the diamond and the higher rows offer spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay.

Schedule: The 2001 season runs from April 2 through September 30.

Tickets: Tickets are somewhat limited but 500 tickets will be available for purchase at the ballpark the day of each game, four hours before starting time. For tickets and information, call (415) 972-2000 or visit www.sfgiants.com.

Tours: Tour guides offer one-hour walking tours everyday except on game days, every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The tours highlight many of the park's unique areas. Individual rates are $10. Groups of 30 or more people are $8 per person. Lower rates are available for children, senior and school groups.

Giants Dugout Store: Located in the ballpark adjacent to Lefty O'Doul Plaza, this is the largest retail store of the Giants chain with an extensive selection of baseball merchandise for sale.

Transportation: While parking is limited at the park, public transit is very convenient from downtown. In fact, Pacific Bell Park is served by more public transportation than any other ballpark in the United States. Several buses, including the 15 Third, 30 Stockton, 42 Downtown Loop and 45 Union, go directly to the ballpark. Ferry service is available from Blue & Gold Fleet, (415) 705-5555, Red & White Fleet, (415) 673-2900 and the Golden Gate Ferry, (415) 923-2000.

Food: There are a wide variety of food vendors inside of the ballpark. In addition to “ballpark food” such as hot-dogs, fries, crackerjacks, peanuts, etc., there are a few surprises such as sushi, Mexican and Caribbean food, fruit smoothies, espresso and local microbrews. The restaurant Twenty Four, located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza at Pacific Bell Park, opened on April 11, 2000 to coincide with the Giants' first baseball game of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Named after Willie May's baseball number “24,” this restaurant features new American cuisine by Chef Julie Pryce. Outdoor seating and a banquet room for up to 75 people are available. (415) 644-0240.

For more information on events, activities, transportation and lodging reservations in San Francisco, visit sfvisitor.org . For lodging reservations by phone, call (888) 782-9673 toll free within North America or (415) 974-4499 elsewhere. San Francisco visitor guides are available at the Visitor Information Center at 900 Market Street at the corner of Powell and Market streets, lower level, Hallidie Plaza. To receive a copy by mail, call (415) 391-2000, write to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 429097, San Francisco, CA 94142-9097 or send your request by e-mail to vic1@sfcvb.org.

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........ last updated August 29, 2001.......

 

 

 

 

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