There’s a long history of sports in San Francisco and history of the venues where those sports were played are no different. Some of the iconic sites, either decades old or barely breaking their 20th anniversary, simply cannot be missed on a San Francisco visit.
Perhaps one of the most well-known sports venue in San Francisco presently, AT&T Park is what MLB’s San Francisco Giants call their home turf. The baseball park has only been around since 2000, first under the name Pacific Bell Park, who are responsible for the infamous Coke bottle slide in the park, and then later renamed SBC Park for a while. It finally landed on its current title of AT&T Park in 2006. It is located in the South Beach neighborhood, right on the beautiful bay; which is also why it is said to be the origin of the baseball term “splash hit” after home runs would fall into the water just outside the park.
War Memorial Gymnasium
Opened in 1958, the War Memorial Gym was dedicated to the USF dead of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The gym is on the University of San Francisco campus and currently serves as home for the USF men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the women’s volleyball team. The War Memorial Gym even got some TV time in 1982 as the site of CBS‘s first national college basketball broadcast, a game between USF and the University of Georgia.
Candlestick Park was originally built for the newly-relocated New York Giants. As a part of the contract for the major league baseball team’s coastal move, a new stadium was to be built for them, and in 1960, Candlestick Park was opened. The San Francisco 49ers also called this their territory during eight NFC Championship games. There’s also been some filming and close-ups done in Candlestick’s history. The 1962 thriller Experiment in Terror, scenes for the film Contagion, and The Fan are among those shot at the outdoor park. Yet another fun fact: The Beatles gave their final full concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966. The stadium closed on August 14, 2014.
This historic stadium is where the 49ers once played and is now a public track and playing field, and current home of the San Francisco Delta’s soccer team. This outdoor stadium is planted right in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park. Though the track and playing field at Kezar Stadium didn’t open until 1990, the site has been around since the early 1920s. The NFL San Francisco’s 49ers first called the stadium home in 1946 and continued to for two decades.
Negoesco Stadium is a 3,000-seat soccer stadium located on the campus of the University of San Francisco. Negoesco even hosted an US Open Cup game between Major League Soccer sides Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes. The stadium has been open since 1982 and is the home field for the men’s and women’s soccer teams.