China Basin

China Basin


China Basin lies north of Mission Bay and Mission Creek along the San Francisco Bay and is another neighborhood built on landfill, like the Marina District. This waterfront area was an industrial and warehouse district. The open-air baseball park, which became ATT&T PacBell Park, opened in China Basin in 2000. It was the first privately financed stadium since Dodger stadium was built in 1962 and is home to the San Francisco Giants. A nine-foot statue of Giants’ player Willie Mays, #24, called the greatest living baseball player, stands at the entrance to the stadium at 24 Willie Mays Plaza. Home runs are sometimes hit out of the park into the bay where kayakers wait for the chance to pick up or even catch home run balls during Giants games. The total to date is 51 splashdowns into McCovey Cove. There is also a walkway behind the park’s outfield wall where fans can watch an inning for free from the Portwalk.

The 1985 James Bond thriller,“ A View to a Kill,” filmed a fire engine chase scene at China Basin.

New apartments, renovated warehouses and lofts are starting to attract tenants to the Pac Bell Park vicinity. Clubs like Kelly’s Mission Rock Café and Ramp attract a younger, college crowd, for food, booze and dancing right on the water. In fact, due to the present lack of residential occupancy, bars and night spots in the area are open until 2 a.m. and don’t have to worry about patrons being loud and rowdy. During the day, diners in the restaurants along China Basin have incredible views of the San Francisco city skyline and San Francisco Bay. The South Beach Marina Pier, a public fishing pier, is a great way to spend the day with panoramic views of the bay and the marina.





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