gavingiants.jpgThe SF Giants returned home from spring training to beat the A’s 4-3 last night in their first home pre-season game. Their season home opener isn’t until April 8, but it’s never too soon to start planning your attack: how to get to AT&T Park, and what to do once you get there.

SFist editor and AT&T Park-adjacent dweller Brock Keeling (he lives under the freeway! Ha! Not really) joins Muni in encouraging folks to take public transit to home games, calling out the 10 Townsend as a fave. “If you’re near North Beach or up in Potrero Hill, take it” he says.

“We’re all for riding Muni when possible and realistic,” says Muni Diaries somewhat more cagily, as they ask their readers if they’ll be riding Muni to local games. Sara, a commenter on that post, suggests that one take transit to Market then walk, saying that “Muni can’t seem to manage the flow of traffic with the number of trains needed — and it’s less stressful to just walk from AT&T park to my Muni stop off of Market than deal with taking the streetcar after a game.”

If you’re walking however, remember to use your “inside voice.” And don’t be a dick.

“When you’re wasted with your bros, please don’t yell ‘faggot’ at me as I’m walking home,” Keeling reasonably requests. “By and large, Giants fans are the best,” Keeling, a Giants fan himself, notes. “But a few drunkards get beer strength, and rarely – like, say, twice a season – have to hurl an insult.” Don’t be that guy!

For those of you for whom neither Muni nor walking is possible and realistic, (or perhaps you’re afraid of running into Keeling in a dark alley) Akit has loads of tips for drivers, including a hot tip on free parking.

“Park your car near a SF downtown parking meter near the I-80 overpass.,” he writes. “Enforcement ends at 6 PM and if you arrive early, just a little money in the meter can cover your back, but don’t park overnight.”

Do you have any ballgame tips, tricks, hints, or gripes? Let’s hear them in the comments.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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