2016 MLB Ballpark Road Trips: the NL West

AT&T Park

Photo by Eric Kabakoff

San Francisco’s AT&T Park

Opened in 2000 as Pac Bell Park, this gem of a ballpark replaced the late and unlamented Candlestick Park and is often considered one of the very best parks in the league. The beautiful views of the Bay, an incredibly diverse food menu (befitting San Francisco’s own culinary diversity), and pays extensive tribute to the great players of the Giants’ past.

Statues of Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda can be found at points by the park’s exterior. Willie McCovey’s statute is actually a short walk away overlooking what’s now the Bay’s McCovey Cove. His statue is at the head of China Basin Park, which has markers connoting more of the Giants’ history through the years. There’s also a Giants History Walk on the promenade behind the stadium, and a Wall of Fame on the exterior of the ballpark near its King Street entrance. Inside, fans can see the team’s retired numbers on the facing of the upper deck along the left field line in addition to one of the park’s coolest features: the right field wall is twenty-four feet high in honor of Willie Mays, who wore that number.

Check Out: Everything, but especially the view from the upper deck behind home plate. It’s breathtaking. Also food; anything, because it’s all great. Especially the garlic fries. They can be found in many ballparks now, but they were born here in this city.

Fun Fact: Kanye West proposed to his girlfriend Kim Kardashian here but not during a game. It was during a private event for which he rented out the entire park.

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