Monday, May 06, 2013

Etiquette Guide for Fans Visiting AT&T Park

Every now and then, we all need a refresher on how to conduct ourselves at the ballpark. So without further ado, here we go ...

  1. Please be in your seats by first pitch. Kinda of a no brainer.
  2. Check the section and row of your seat before you venture into a section. "Ummm, which section is this?" There are plenty of signs indicating section numbers, and each row is numbered.
  3. As a courtesy to other fans, please wait 'til the end of the half inning to head to the concession stands or restrooms.
  4. Fans seated in the front rows of the left field and right fields lines ... DO NOT TOUCH A BALL THAT'S IN PLAY. We repeat, DO NOT TOUCH A BALL THAT'S IN PLAY. We have already seen three instances this year where fans were grabbing balls that were in play. STOP IT! If you want a ball so badly, we'll give you the $10 to buy one at Sports Authority.
  5. For guys over the age of 25 ... if you catch a foul ball, give it to a kid seated near you. It will mean more to them than it will for you. Plus, you'll probably end up losing it once you start your bar crawl after the game ... House of Shields and Mr. Bings are popular spots to lose your stuff.
  6. DO NOT DO THE WAVE ... EVER! AT&T Park is a wave-free zone.
  7. Bring a good attitude ... everyone is there to have a good time and to watch the Giants win. If you're a trouble maker, you will be escorted out of the park. We have seen this happen many times ... we even witnessed two guys get kicked out during the national anthem two years ago for causing a ruckus in the left field bleachers.
  8. Avoid using profanity. We know, this can be tough ... but, there are so many kids that attend games and we know many parents that cringe when someone next to them is cursing like a drunken sailor.
  9. If you catch a home run ball from the visiting team, throw it back. The exception to this rule is if you catch a milestone home run (i.e. first career HR, 100th HR, 200th HR, etc.).