Black and orange- two colors that when displayed anywhere throughout San Francisco link to fond memories of cheering fans, rally rags and black beards in large numbers. The San Francisco Giants have become the pride and joy of the city; and with Spring Training underway the torturous thrill of last season’s success is lingering into homes all throughout the Bay Area.
In just a few weeks AT&T Park will house hundreds of loyal fans for the 2011 Opening Day Game. Beginning the new season with a Peninsula full of support, April 8th marks the first time the Giants have experienced an Opening Day home game in San Francisco after taking home the title as World Series Champs. And needless to say this factor alone is filling the stadium fast with folks wanting to see their favorite Giants front and center.
However, for those not looking to fork over a minimum of $120 per ticket, many happening sports bars throughout the city become the next best option. The true spirits of Giants fans is most heavily felt in mass numbers. The excitement of cheers and tears throughout each game creates a communal love for San Francisco and our home team that’s unparalleled to many other observable moments in the local sports’ community.
Whether your cheering in Northbeach, Castro or Downtown each scene carries a solid crowd of communal vibrancy. Although if you really want to be in the mix there’s a few spots that have come to be the stomping grounds for local Giants fans due to stadium proximity. Located directly across from AT&T park, MoMo’s, Peter’s Tavern and Pedro’s are a definite hub of spirited fans. Quite honestly my most memorable Giants memories have been had here, but I highly recommend heading over early to grab a seat, being that it tends to fill up quickly once the game sparks off.
All and all, whether you’re feeling an in- person Giants presence, or opting for a city scene, grab the ladies, bust out that black and orange jackets, shake out those rally rags and celebrate the Opening Day with the rest of San Francisco on Friday, April 8th. Here’s to another solid season of San Francisco love and thrilling ‘torture!’
Event: 2011 San Francisco Giants Opening Day
WHEN: Friday April 8, 2011
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
TICKETS: Prices Vary