Location: San Francisco, California
Address: 24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco, California 94107
Year Opened: 2000
Occupants: San Francisco Giants.
After leaving New York City in 1957, the San Francisco Giants played their inaugural season in the minor league ballpark, Seals Stadium. After a year in this venue, the Giants moved across town to Candlestick Park, a building they would share with the San Francisco 49ers until 1999. The team secured funding from private investors and opened AT&T Park in 2000 to rave reviews from Giants fans and critics alike. The ballpark is widely considered to be one of the finest baseball stadiums ever built with a design that takes advantage of the beauty of the San Francisco Bay area.
AT&T Park was meant to pay homage to classic ballparks like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, as well as modern elements from places like Baltimore's Oriole Park and Denver's Coors Field. With a capacity of more than 41,000 seats and additional standing room areas, this is one of the larger venues in Major League Baseball. Even in the stadium's cheapest seats, fans have a gorgeous view of the harbor and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. Best of all, the typically warm and sunny weather of San Francisco makes it a wonderful place to catch a ballgame.
One of the features that set AT&T Park apart from other ballparks is its waterfront promenade that extends from right to center field where fans can watch the game through a fence free of charge. The area has also become popular with boaters and kayakers posted in the harbor waiting to pounce on a home run ball that clears the right field fence.
In addition to the ballpark's beautiful sight lines and modern amenities, the builders took pains to make the stadium easily accessible from public transportation. The San Francisco light rail system, streetcars, buses and ferries are fans' best bets, although the stadium also has thousands of parking spots for those who wish to drive in.
After years of just missing out on a pennant, the Giants finally hosted a World Series in their new ballpark in 2010. Behind the strength of pitcher Tim Lincecum and MVP Edgar Renteria, the Giants knocked off the Texas Rangers to capture their first World Series trophy in San Francisco. With the roster's abundance of talent and a beautiful modern stadium, Giants fans will have plenty to cheer about in the years to come.