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Big Sporting Events Around The Bay This Weekend

Plus, It's Time For SF's Musical Half Marathon

Bob Pryor
April 05, 2019 - 2:05 am

If you're reading this, we know you're excited for the weekend. Every Friday, you can see our preview of events around the Bay Area. Plus, you'll find out if there are timely traffic tips that can help keep you out of a jam or waiting at the station through the weekend.

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There's a lot going on in the world of Bay Area sports this weekend. The Giants, Sharks and Warriors will all be in action. Although it's been raining this morning, the San Francisco Giants have been saying that their opening home game of the season will take place on Friday at the recently renamed Oracle Park.

The San Jose Sharks finish out their regular season this weekend, while the Golden State Warriors play their last regular-season game at Oracle Arena.

Meanwhile, several thousand San Franciscans will be running to the sounds of rock ‘n’ roll. Kids at Coyote Point will learn some new things about math and art, and Sonoma Raceway will offer a glimpse into the future of energy and transportation (see our full story).

SOUTH BAY:

Sat, Apr 6 at 7:30pm: At San Jose’s SAP Center: The Sharks face off against the Colorado Avalanche in their final 2019 regular-season game. Next week, the Sharks will play host to the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the opening game of the playoffs.

  • Pro tip: Fans headed to the SAP Center can take CalTrain or VTA light rail to Diridon Station; and the San Fernando light rail station is nearby as well. From either station it’s a 5-minute walk to the arena. If you choose to drive, the zoom-able parking map at the Park San Jose website can help you decide which one is maximally convenient.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In downtown San Jose, streets around the SAP Center (located on West Santa Clara Street at Autumn Street, next to Arena Green West) will likely see heavier than normal traffic and minimal available street parking.

EAST BAY:

Sun, Apr 7 at 5:30pm: At Oakland’s Oracle Arena: Warriors play the Los Angeles Clippers in their final 2019 home game of the regular season and, the beginning of their long goodbye to Oakland before relocating to the Chase Center in San Francisco in October. 

  • Pro tip: You can save $5 off the Arena’s $40 parking fee by pre-paying online. If, however, you had to take out a second mortgage just to get Warriors tickets to begin with, the smart play is to take BART to the Coliseum Station. 
  • Areas and roadways affected: In Oakland: Possible crowding on I-880, Coliseum Way, San Leandro Street, 66th Avenue.

PENINSULA:

Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am-4:45pm (through May 27) / On Friday this weekend, open till 8pm: Curiodyssey science museum at Coyote Point hosts STEM Odyssey, a math/art experience for kids. Museumgoers can navigate through an oversized floor maze and design a maze of their own; experience the beauty of mathematical structures such as catenary arches and geodesic domes; play S.T.E.M. games; and solve intriguing, interactive puzzles.

  • Pro tip: Driving directions to the museum are here.

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sun, Apr 7 from 6:15am-11:30am: San Francisco: Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon will begin at Pier 35 on the Embarcadero, in the easterly part of Fisherman’s Wharf. The 13.1-mile course will take runners out through the Wharf area, past Fort Mason, through the Marina District, past Crissy Field, onto and across the northbound Golden Gate Bridge and double back to the finish line at Ghirardelli Square. The race is known for having live local bands along the way, along with enthusiastic cheer squads. Several thousand people are expected to run.

  • Pro tip: Tthere will be numerous road closures on and near the San Francisco waterfront between Pier 35/Bay Street and the Golden Gate Bridge, mostly between 5am and 11:30am. No one will be getting anywhere in a hurry (except the runners).  For those worried about traffic, check out this page for comprehensive street closure information. 
  • Areas and roadways affected: In addition to the road closures, the Golden Gate Bridge’s east and west sidewalks will be closed (a shuttle service will be in place for pedestrians), along with the Vista Point parking lot.

Fri, Apr 5 at 1:35pm is the Giants regular-season home opener at Oracle Park against the Tampa Bay Rays. The series against the Rays continues with games on Sat, Apr 6 at 1:05pm and Sun, Apr 7 at 1:05pm.

  • Pro tip: Fans are encouraged to take public transit from Saturday, April 6 through Friday, April 12 because there will be fewer parking spaces than normal available in the Lot A and Pier 48 parking lots. A link to full information (along with information on changes to Golden Gate ballpark ferry service) is here.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Francisco, expect heavy pre- and post-game traffic on all roads in the area around Oracle Park, including the freeways and thoroughfares leading to and from the Bay Bridge, I-280, and Hwy-101.

NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

Fri, Apr 5 thru Sat, Apr 6 from 8am-7pm: Sonoma Raceway: “Make the Future Live - California,” featuring Shell Eco-Marathon Americas. Includes hands-on activities and virtual reality experiences celebrating STEM fields; cars of the future in action on the track; opportunity to meet innovative students from all over the US and nine other countries. Shell Eco-Marathon Mileage Challenge is a competition to see who can go the farthest using the least amount of energy.

  • Pro tip: It may not be NASCAR Cup racing, but there is a competitive angle, and unlike NASCAR, this event is free and won’t leave you sitting in traffic for an hour. If you’ve never been to the raceway, it’s at the junction of Hwy-37 and Hwy-121.