HOME FIELD OF THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Website – 14.6 mi
24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, California 94107
AT&T Park is home to the San Francisco Giants, of Major League Baseball. Originally named Pacific Bell Park, then renamed SBC Park in 2003, as a result of the SBC acquisition of Pacific Bell, the stadium was ultimately christened AT&T Park on March 3, 2006, just two years after it had adopted the SBC Park name.
When it opened in March 2000, the ballpark was the first Major League ballpark built without public funds since the completion of Dodger Stadium in 1962. However, the Giants did receive a $10 million tax abatement from the city and $80 million for upgrades to the local infrastructure (including a connection to the Muni Metro). The Giants have a 66-year lease on the 12.5-acre ballpark site. The park opened with a seating capacity of 40,800, but this has increased over time as seats have been added.
AT&T Park has also hosted a range of other sporting(primarily football games) and hosts musical events on a regular basis.
NFL OAKLAND RAIDERS & OAKLAND A’S HOME FIELD
Website – 3.2 mi
LOCATION: 7000 Coliseum Way # 1, Oakland, CA 94621-1917
The first crowd filled the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 1966 when the AFL’s Oakland Raiders played the Kansas City Chiefs. The adjacent arena celebrated its grand opening on November 9, 1966 when the Oakland Seals met the San Diego Gulls for an NHL game.
In the following 32 years, the Oakland Alameda County Arena and Coliseum Complex has hosted a spectrum of events in both the sporting and entertainment industries including concerts, circus, boxing, rodeos, religious speakers and ice shows. Audiences numbering nearly 100 million have made Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Oracle Arena the premier entertainment facilities in Northern California.
O.co Coliseum, originally named Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, is part of a 120-acre sports complex located directly off Interstate 880. The Arena in Oakland, home of the Golden State Warriors, is next door.
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
In September 2008, the name reverted to the pre-1997 name (from O.co Coliseum) to the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. The stadium retained its original name until April 2011, when it was renamed Overstock.com Coliseum in a 6 years deal with online retailer Overstock.com. In June 2011, the Coliseum was renamed O.co Coliseum, after Overstock.com’s marketing name. However, due to a contract dispute with the Athletics regarding the naming rights deal, the A’s continue to refer to the stadium as the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in all official team communications and on team websites.
Despite the different name changes, locals generally refer to the stadium as “The Coliseum.” This fits the trend of older stadium renamings being rejected by the general public.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS BASKETBALL
Website – 4.9 mi
LOCATION: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621
The Oracle (originally Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena and commonly Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oracle Arena, The New Arena and The O) is an indoor arena located in the Coliseum Industrial area. It was originally constructed as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena (part of the combined complex that includes the multipurpose outdoor stadium in 1966.
FRANCHISES TO CALL THE ARENA HOME
The arena has been home to the Golden State Warriors since 1971. It had been used by the Warriors intermittently as early as 1966. The California Golden Bears of the Pac-10 played the entire 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons at the arena while their primary home, Harmon Gym, was being renovated into Haas Pavilion. For some years before then, the Bears played occasional games against popular non-conference opponents at the arena.
The arena’s first tenants were the California Seals of the Western Hockey League, who moved across the bay from the Cow Palace in 1966. The team changed its operating name from San Francisco Seals to California Seals in order to draw fans from both San Francisco and Oakland. The Seals franchise continued to play at the arena after having transferred to the NHL, until the team moved to Cleveland after the 1975–76 NHL season.
The Coliseum also hosted the American Basketball Association’s Oakland Oaks (1967-1969), a charter member of the new ABA in 1967. Regardless of initial success, the team was plagued by poor attendance was sold following their ABA Championship. They were relocated to Washington and became the Washington Caps.
The Bay Bombers (Roller Derby, 1966–1973) as well as the Golden Bay Earthquakes of the original MISL during the 1982-83 season and the Oakland Skates, a professional roller hockey team, all played there from 1993 to 1995.
HOME OF CAL BERKELEY FOOTBALL
Website – 7.7 mi
LOCATION: 2223 Fulton St. 1st Floor Berkeley, CA 94720
Memorial Stadium was built to honor Berkeley alumni, students, and other Californians who died in World War I, and modeled after the Colosseum in Rome, Memorial Stadium was named one of the 40 best college football stadiums by the Sporting News. The team also has produced two of the oddest and most memorable plays in college football: Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels’ fumble recovery and run toward the Cal goal line in the 1929 Rose Bowl, and The Play in the 1982 Big Game with the winning kickoff return after five laterals.
Decades after its 1923 opening, the setting of Memorial Stadium remains one of the most breathtaking sights in all of college athletics. The plush wall of pine trees in the Berkeley Hills to the east is contrasted by a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay and three bridges to the west. Designed by world-renowned architect John Galen Howard and co-designers G.F. Buckingham and E.E. Carpenter, the stadium is a tribute to their architectural talents, skills that were years ahead of their time. Fans who attend games today still marvel at the beauty of the structure, modeled after the Colosseum in Rome, and comment about the easy viewing for spectators from all angles within the stadium.
HOME OF CAL BERKELEY BASKETBALL
Website – 7.8 mi
115 Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 94720, 510-642-7989
The Walter A. Haas, Jr. Pavilion is the home of the University of California, Berkeley’s men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s gymnastics teams. The arena is located in the middle of the main University of California sports complex, overlooking Evans Diamond (baseball) and Edwards Stadium (track/soccer).
When the construction of Haas was first proposed, alumni and fans wanted to ensure that the intimidating homecourt advantage Harmon provided could be maintained in a building twice its size. Haas was created specifically with this in mind. Consequently, sound-baffling devices were omitted intentionally, and student seating has doubled from 1,300 seats in Harmon to 2,600 seats in Haas, with about 900 courtside. In an attempt to keep Haas as intimate as Harmon, designers built the arena with the last row of seats just 88 feet from the floor. Nearly 2,000 club seats with chair backs have been installed in the arena. The arena features two high-resolution video boards, more than 50 television monitors throughout the building and a team store. The elegant Haas Club Room, which overlooks Evans Baseball Diamond, provides a spacious banquet area.
The Golden Bears first played basketball intercollegiately in 1907 and began full conference play in 1915. The 1920s was the dominant decade for Cal basketball, as the Bears won 6 conference titles under coaches E.H. Wright and Nibs Price. Cal reached the pinnacle of the sport during the tenure of Pete Newell, who was head coach from 1955 to 1960. The Golden Bears earned the conference title four out of his five years and in 1959, won the NCAA title. In Newell’s last year, Cal came close to another NCAA title, but lost to Ohio State in the final.
HOME FIELD OF THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Website – 9.3 mi
490 Jamestown Avenue, Room 400, San Francisco, CA 94124-3999 (415) 656-4949
Candlestick Park (also commonly referred to as Candlestick or The Stick) is an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium located in San Francisco, California in the Bayview Heights area. The stadium was originally built as the home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, who played there from 1960 until moving into Pacific Bell Park (since renamed AT&T Park) in 2000. Currently it is the home field of the San Francisco 49ers.