Of the 30 ballparks in Major League Baseball, there are a few that should be on every baseball fan’s bucket list. Oracle Park’s charm, character and breathtaking views can only be rivaled by few other ballparks in the country. This was not always the case for the San Francisco Giants as they played at Candlestick Park for over three decades. Notorious for its windy conditions, Candlestick Park was not only the home of the Giants, but the San Francisco 49ers. As early as 1976 when Bob Lurie purchased the Giants, preventing them from moving to Toronto, he began planning for a new baseball stadium as the team was losing money at Candlestick Park. In the 1980s San Francisco official proposed placing a dome over Candlestick Park, but that plan failed. In both 1987 and 1989 San Francisco residents rejected referendums to finance construction of a new stadium. Residents in neighboring Santa Clara and San Jose also rejected ballot measures for a new ballpark. The future of the Giants looked bleak in San Francisco as officials in Tampa were lobbying the team to move there. However, in January 1993 Peter Magowan purchased the Giants, keeping them in San Francisco. Two years later in 1995 the Giants announced plans to build a new ballpark in downtown San Francisco in the China Basin district. The ballpark was the first to be privately financed since the construction of Dodger Stadium. Construction began on December 11, 1997 and opened on April 11, 2000 when the Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers. The ballpark was originally known as Pacific Bell Park when the telecommunications company purchased the naming rights for $50 million over 24 years. It has since been renamed SBC Park, AT&T Park and now Oracle Park after the software company purchased the naming rights for 20 years prior to the 2019 season.
Tenant: San Francisco Giants (MLB)