Must See Status: 8/10Threat Level: Green (constructed in 2000)Home of: San Francisco GiantsFittingly located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza, AT&T Park plays home to the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants. While the World Series winning squad may have taken home the end of the year hardware to the stadium, the relatively young ballpark is still perhaps most commonly associated with the long balls launched from the bat of Barry Bonds, reigning home run king and arguably the most controversial figure in baseball. Bonds two most significant home runs, his 715th to pass Babe Ruth and his 756th to pass Hank Aaron, both occurred in home games, with neither the AT&T fence nor gravity posing a formidable threat. Sending several fastballs and hanging curves well beyond the right field wall into the watery depths of McCovey Cove, San Francisco’s splashdown home runs (55 by the Giants with 35 by Bonds) provide perhaps the most unique big fly setting in the Majors, sending kayakers scrambling across the water in pursuit of a take home souvenir.Aside from championship level baseball and the chance to see Cy Young caliber pitching, AT&T park is chalk full of attractions the entire family can enjoy. In terms of distinct appearance, the stadium is set apart by the oversized Coke bottle and baseball glove residing in the left field plaza, where the Coca-Cola Fan Lot provides interactive activities for youngsters, including the Coke bottle itself, which doubles as an 80-foot long slide. Adults will certainly enjoy the Giant’s wall of fame, paying homage to former greats to have graced a Giants uniform and celebrating achievements across the record book. In front of McCovey Cove is a pavilion known as China Basin Park, where picnic tables and benches allow for both a scenic view of the open water and prime real estate for baseball watching.Recommendations: No need to brave the parking madhouse. AT&T Park can be easily accessed by a surprisingly painless public transportation experience.
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