Ballin’ On A Budget

The rapid-yet-agonizingly-slow approach of summer signals that Dons Athletics is also near the end of its season. As we look beyond the Hilltop, the Foghorn has assembled a sports guide for you to get the best bang for your buck in the Bay Area.
1. San Francisco Giants

Oracle Park (always AT&T Park in our hearts), is the home of the Giants, the only National League baseball team in Northern California. Tickets start as low as $10 on weeknights for the 300-level (third deck) outfield seats. Accessible via Muni.

2. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors are one of the best teams in the NBA, and have won three of the last four NBA Championships. They are nearing the end of their final season in the Oracle Arena, which is accessible via BART. As the end of the season approaches, playoff tickets start around $100 and move up from there. Starting next season, the Warriors will play in the Chase Center (2a), which will be accessible by Muni.

3. Oakland Athletics

The A’s are the better of the two Bay Area baseball teams at the moment, and they have an objectively better mascot than the Giants. They play in the Oakland Coliseum, and A’s game tickets start at $15. This year, the Athletics debuted A’s Access, which replaces their season ticket program. The cheapest package, $240 per season, gets you into every home game, 81 a season. For 10 of those games, you’ll have your own assigned seat. For the other 71, you’ll have access to the “Treehouse,” an open seating area with a restaurant and sports bar. Accessible via BART.

4. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders nearly left Oakland this year. They’re currently in the process of moving to Las Vegas, despite still owing debts to the city of Oakland. It was a whole legal ordeal, but the Raiders will be playing in the Oakland Coliseum for one more year. Raiders tickets averaged about $80 this past season, and will likely hold relatively steady next season. Accessible via BART. And if you haven’t seen the Coliseum’s overnight transformation from baseball to football configuration, it’s pretty cool.

5. Stanford Cardinal

It is, of course, unconscionable to support another university’s athletics program. But if you’re interested in college football, the Cardinal hosts some of the nation’s top programs every season. Tickets start around $30 for non-conference football games and scale up on a game-by-game basis. Accessible by Caltrain.

6. San Francisco 49ers

The Niners moved to Levi’s Stadium in 2014, after spending decades at Candlestick Park. Because football teams play only eight regular season home games per year, tickets can be pretty pricey. Ticket prices in 2018 averaged $118. Accessible by Caltrain.

7. San Jose Earthquakes

The Earthquakes are Northern California’s only Major League Soccer (MLS) team. They have fallen upon slightly harder times in recent years but have reason to be hopeful again. Tickets begin around $25, and the MLS is currently in season. Accessible by Caltrain.

8. San Jose Sharks

The Sharks are a hockey team in the National Hockey League Pacific Division, and one of three NHL teams in the state. They are about to enter the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with a series lined up against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Ticket prices begin around $55. Accessible by Caltrain.


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