It’s time to put on that panda hat, lace up those orange shoes, (that are too awesome, mind you; oh Brian Wilson, may we never forget you!) and head to AT&T Park to watch our World Champion Giants get ready to kick off the 2013 baseball season. Tonight and tomorrow night the Bay Area rivalry is alive as the Giants host two pre-season games against the A’s.
Both Bay Area teams are coming off of playoff appearances last year and each ended their seasons playing the Detroit Tigers. While the A’s lost to the Tigers in the American League Divisional Series, the Giants swept them in four games to win the World Series.
The first 10,000 fans to enter AT&T Park for today’s and Friday’s games will receive a “Giants Mystery Grab Bag,” according to the team.
What’s less of a mystery is how to get to AT&T Park for the 7:15 p.m. games today and Friday: SFMTA’s got you covered for transit options across the board these next two days and for all 81 regular season home games.
Feel like taking Muni (do you ever?)? The T Third, N Judah, 30 Stockton, 45 Union, and 47 Van Ness can take you to and from the game. The 10 Townsend will also be running, with service until 7:40pm on weekdays and 7:45pm on weekends. Metro shuttles are also back to alleviate congestion and will run two hours prior to first pitch, continuing every 20 minutes after that.
Those fans transferring from BART can purchase pre-paid one ways and round trip Muni tickets at the Embarcadero Station up to three hours before a game starts and until thirty minutes after
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Taxi zones will be set up in three convenient locations: 3rd St. just north of King, 2nd St. between Brannan and Townsend after every game, and 2nd St. between Townsend and King before the game starts. Bike parking is provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition, who operate a secure bike parking facility along the Port Walk on the south side of AT&T Park. Bike Parking is available two hours before the game and half an hour after.
If, heaven forbid, you’re looking to drive, SFMTA’s got a few new policies for you to be aware of when it comes to parking meters. Meters within walking distance will be available until 10pm Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6pm on Sundays. Hourly prices run between $5 and $7. As usual, expect heavy traffic before and after games.
Parking Control Officers will also be on hand to assist in getting fans safely to the game. For more information, visit the Giants’ website here.