Should You Go to a San Francisco Giants or an Oakland A’s Game? Bay Area MLB Experiences and Stadiums Compared

Thinking of checking out an MLB game in the Bay Area? You should! It’s the perfect activity to get you outside, into the local scene, watching sports, and well, tasting ballpark foods. Oakland is just a quick trip from San Francisco, so you’ve got a couple of options at your fingertips – depending on which team you want to support! The fact that a recent Giants-A’s game in Oakland just set attendance records should tell you something about the fan atmosphere around these parts! In this post, we’ll break down things like the team, stadium, food, and beer and ticket prices so you can decide whether to go to a Giants or an A’s game when visiting the Bay Area!

The Oakland Athletics

The Team

As of July this year, the Oakland A’s have become a red hot team. With a deep bullpen and superior lineup, they might make the playoffs and their fans are out in full force. They’re winning consecutive thrilling games in extra innings and hitting home runs, which could make them a wild card team this postseason, to the delight of many. Either way, they’re playing some great baseball right now and they’ll be fun to watch if you head out to a game.

The Stadium

The Oakland Coliseum is a professional football stadium (where the Raiders play) with a professional baseball field inside. No joke. It’s nothing fancy – there’s literally no art, statues, kid’s areas, or exhibits – but true fans supposedly love it. Plans for a replacement stadium are in the works.

The Food

Get the garlic fries for sure – you can find them everywhere. Try the specialty sausages covered in onions and peppers or maybe the tangy tri-tip barbecue, fish and chips, or churro sundaes. For years, the Coliseum basically stuck to the ballpark classics like hotdogs and nachos, but now you can check out Championship Plaza for gourmet food trucks and beer stands. Behind home plate, you can also find Shibe Park Tavern with a full bar and restaurant that’s open to all ticket holders. They serve more unique stuff like vegan burgers, deep-fried crickets (yes, the insects!), shawarmas, buffalo blue cheese cauliflower, banh mi, and monte cristo sandwiches. And on Saturday and Sunday games, they do brunch – it sells out every time!

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The Beer

Beers here aren’t terribly pricey at $5.50 on average for a domestic draft. They’ve got all the usual suspects, plus slightly more upscale options like Lagunitas, Kona, and Goose Island. Head to Shibe Park Tavern for craftier stuff.

Ticket Prices

Oakland A’s tickets are on the cheaper side for MLB games, at $24.13 on average a piece, but we’ve got tickets for as low as $11 to $13. Even the bleacher seats here are solid, but infield seats are a nice treat if you’re going with family or kids. Bring a blanket for those windy night games!

Transit

Take BART or Uber from inside the city, or if you’re coming from San Francisco or Sacramento, take the Capitol Corridor Train. Don’t try to park if you don’t have to!

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The San Francisco Giants

The Team

They’re in a tight spot when it comes to making the playoffs this season. With a record just over .500 it could still happen for them though. Either way, there are plenty of regular season games left to check out if you want to visit this glorious ballpark. Madison Bumgarner is their star pitcher and a player to watch.

The Stadium

AT&T Park in San Francisco is amazing. This stadium is one of our favorites in the country (we’ve written about it before!) because its beautiful location right on the bay and the waterfront views of the iconic bridge.

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The Food

Ahh, San Fran is such a foodie destination so how can the fare at AT&T Park not be amazing? You’ll be spoiled for choice with unique dishes like savory porcini doughnuts with raclette cheese from Rich Table and the famous buttery sourdough crab sandwich from Crazy Crab’z. You’ll also find Mission-style burritos, deep-dish pizza, poke bowls, tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, and fried Brussels sprouts at a mix of restaurants and food stands throughout the park. Don’t worry though, they’ve still got classics like hot dogs, sausages, and popcorn too.

The Beer

Well, shocker, but the beer is expensive like everything else in San Francisco! Expect to pay $8.25 on average for a domestic draft beer! That’s at the top end of MLB prices. (Only the Mets, Cubs, and Twins have higher prices.) They’ve got craft and California-made beers too, but you’ll pay dearly for them. The Giants recently made headlines for charging nearly $20 for big craft beers.

Ticket Prices

Giants games are on the higher side for ticket prices too, ringing in at $38.30 a pop on average. But don’t worry, Razorgator’s got a great selection of Giants tickets that start at just $6. Yeah, silly cheap! Great for a last minute cheap Bay Area activity!

Transit

AT&T Park is super central, so you can bike here, Uber, or take the Metro Muni streetcar to the Caltrain station just a block away! If you want, you can even kayak to McCovey Cove and wait for foul balls to plop into the water!

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So what’ll it be? Do you choose the on-fire team and cheaper beers that you’ll find at the old A’s Coliseum or the natural scenic beauty, amazing food options, and higher prices of a Giant’s game? Such a toss-up. Either way, we’ve got tickets.

Which is it for you? Giants game or A’s game?