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California has a lot of great professional sports arenas, where you can watch all kinds of athletic action. The following are some of the best among these stadiums and parks.
5. Petco Park
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Petco Park is interesting because it refuses to go retro. With white, blue and sandy stucco coloration, it evokes the beach, the nearby ocean, and the sails of boats. Also of interest is the fact that PETA was able to purchase a brick on which it had an acrostic message advising people to boycott Petco. There is a grassy section where fans can sit during games for a lower price than most of the seating, and when games aren’t on it functions as an ordinary free park space.
4. McAfee Coliseum
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Serving both the Oakland Raiders and the Oakland Athletics, this is the last stadium left to function as the full-time home of two different sports of professional ball. When you buy Oakland Athletics Tickets, this large stadium is most likely where you will be visiting..
Featuring baseball seating of over 35,000 and football seating of over 53,000, this Coliseum has received criticism for the addition of 10,000 extra seats in the “Mount Davis” section. While the Alameda Hills were once the backdrop of the stadium, they are now obscured by this extra seating.
This stadium used to be named the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, and its history has included a wide variety of different attractions. All manner of sports, ice shows, and concerts have gone on within these walls, witnessed by millions of fans.
3. Candlestick Park
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In the Bayview Heights region of San Francisco, this park was originally the home of the San Francisco Giants. Now, “The Stick” is the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Being right next to the San Francisco Bay, the area is often hit with severe winds that cause unusual playing conditions to develop inside.
For most of Candlestick’s existence, it has had natural bluegrass, but between 1970 and 1987, it had astroturf installed. On August 29, 1966, Candlestick Park was where the Beatles gave their last performance.
2. AT&T Park
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Originally named Pacific Bell Park, the AT&T Park has undergone a lot of name changes over the years, finally settling on its current name in 2006.
The Park serves as the home stadium of the San Francisco Giants, and in 2004 became the largest public wifi hotspot in the world at the time. Also being near the Bay, it is common for there to be cold temperatures even during the summer in the Park.
1. Staples Center
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Home to both the LA Clippers and the Lakers, as well as the NHL’s LA Kings and the WNBA’s LA Sparks, this is a very busy stadium for athletic contests. Seeing as there are normally more than 250 total events held in Staples Center including concerts, this isn’t just a sports stadium.
Interestingly enough, the menu at the Center is even at the top of PETA’s vegetarian-friendly venues list. I guess there won’t be any acrostic messages hidden for you to find here.
California has several great stadiums filled with interesting stories and historical moments. What are your favorite stadiums to visit?.
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