How to Watch Batting Practice at Oracle Park [San Francisco Giants]


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Watching Giants batting practice can be a fun way for fans to interact with players and you may be able get a souvenir baseball from a players home run or foul ball. After the players are done taking batting practice, some may even come sign autographs. But what about San Francisco Giants games at Oracle Park? Can you watch batting practice at Oracle Park?

Yes, you can watch batting practice at Oracle Park, although it’s worth noting that batting practice may begin prior to the stadium gates opening, so fans may miss some of the players taking batting practice. The official time that San Francisco Giants batting practice is held can change, but in general, you can expect batting practice to begin roughly two and a half hours before game time. Typically, batting practice lasts 45-60 minutes per team.

The Giants will take batting practice first, since they are the home team. After that, the visiting team will take their batting practice. The length of batting practice can fluctuate day-to-day, but most teams stick to normal routines as much as possible. You can check out the Giants information guide to check out any updates.

Oracle Park main gates at Willie Mays Plaza open 2 hours prior to game time, while all the other gates will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch. The Giants will take batting practice first. The road team will begin batting practice after the Giants are finished. So if you want to see the Giants take batting practice, you should plan to use Will Mays Plaza Gate Entrance.

Although batting practice is usually held, it is worth noting that there can be occasional exceptions due to weather or other circumstances. Batting practice time is at the manager’s discretion, but as I mentioned earlier, most teams stick to normal routines as much as possible.

San Francisco Giants Batting Practice Time

Can You Watch Batting Practice at Oracle Park?

Yes, you can watch batting practice at Oracle Park. As we discussed above, the official time that San Francisco Giants batting practice is held can change, but in general, you can expect batting practice to begin roughly 2 to 2.5 hours before game time.

The San Francisco Giants will take batting practice first, since they are the home team. After that, the visiting team will take their batting practice. The length of batting practice can fluctuate day-to-day, but batting practice usually lasts 45-60 minutes per team.

Oracle Park main gates at Willie Mays Plaza open 2 hours prior to game time, while all the other gates will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch. The Giants will take batting practice first. The road team will begin batting practice after the Giants are finished. So if you want to see the Giants take batting practice, you should plan to use Will Mays Plaza Gate Entrance.

The main takeaway is that even though, yes, fans are allowed to enter the stadium early to watch batting practice at Oracle Park, because the gates only open 2 hours before first pitch, the Giants will often be underway and possibly some Giants players may be done. The road team will then take batting practice after the Giants.

What Time do Gates Open for Batting Practice?

As we discussed above, Oracle Park gates open 2 hours prior to game time at the Willie Mays Plaza Gate Entrance and 90 minutes for all other gates. It is worth noting that gate times are always subject to change, but most teams stick to normal gate times as much as possible.

After the Giants complete their portion of batting practice, the road team will take the field and hold batting practice. For more information on stadium gates, visit our Oracle Park Gate & Parking Guide.

Do You Need a Ticket for Batting Practice?

You will, of course, need a game ticket to be able to enter Oracle Park and watch batting practice, but you don’t need an additional ticket to be able to watch batting practice.

If you need tickets for an upcoming San Francisco Giants game, you can read more by visiting our article that discusses buying tickets at Oracle Park. If you are looking for other places to find tickets, check out our article on best places to buy Giants Tickets.


Other Things to do Besides Watching Batting Practice at Oracle Park

When heading to the game, you may want to check out some of the other attractions near or in Oracle Park. Here are a couple popular attractions near Oracle Park that we think you might enjoy.

The Vault is an historic exhibit space dedicated to Oracle Park and its most influential figures, that include players to broadcasters and more. You’ll find several informational and interesting artifacts here that detail every step of the Giant’s history since 1883. This attraction is open two hours prior to the game and remains open until the 5th inning. It is located just inside the O’Doul Gate and is free to all fans on game day.

The Public House is a fan favorite restaurant you can visit even when the Giants aren’t on the field. This large eatery is located next to the Willie Mays gate entrance and serves some of the best pub style food in San Francisco. Fans can sip on one of the 48 craft beers that they offer. You can also watch sports on any of their 22 large TVs.

Also, going to a game isn’t complete without buying a jersey from your local team. If you are wanting to get a jersey of you favorite current or past Giants player, I would encourage you to check out our Authentic Giants Jersey article.

San Francisco Giants Contact Info

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