Bay Bridge Series at Oracle Park marks Bay Area's biggest event since pandemic began

ByChris Alvarez, Luz Pena, and Andrew Morris, Matt Boone KGO logo
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Bay Bridge Series marks Bay Area's biggest pandemic event
The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants begin the Bay Bridge Series at Oracle Park, for the biggest event since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- There is nothing quite like a summer Friday night at Oracle Park. For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it will truly hold its full potential.

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The Oakland A's will take on the San Francisco Giants in the time-honored tradition known as the Bay Bridge Series. Except this one, will look a little bit different. The ballpark is dropping all capacity limits, social distancing requirements, and no proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required.

The Giants also dropped mandatory face masks requirements earlier this month. They are now "strongly recommended" for unvaccinated fans.

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Players and coaches are looking forward to a weekend filled with fans and good baseball.

Those with Giants season tickets will be able to go back to their reserved seats. About 35,000 fans are expected for Friday night's game.

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After the Bay Bridge Series wraps up, the Oakland A's have their first homestand at full capacity against the Texas Rangers. That game could then take the title for the largest public event in the Bay Area since the pandemic, as the Oakland Coliseum has capacity for more than 46,000 fans.

Transit and ferry services have also returned to Oracle Park for tonight's game. BART, Caltrain, the San Francisco Bay Ferry and Golden Gate Ferry all resume operations to and from the ballpark.