The Oakland Arena Arena has been a popular fixture in the city since its opening in 1966. It did go through a few name changes before settling to its current title. However its roots remain the same. Considered to be National Basketball Association's (NBA) oldest stadium, it is the turf of the Golden State Warriors. Besides scintillating matches, it also hosts amazing concerts by renowned musicians from across the globe. Some of their previous acts include the Grateful Dead and Scorpions.
Built at the turn of the 20th Century, this theater has played host not only to the University's graduation ceremonies, but has also been one of the premier venues in the city for live shows, and one of the only under the open sky. Designed like a classical Greek amphitheater with its tiered concrete seating and immense stage, it seats 8,000, and every seat is a good one as the acoustics are fantastic. Since it is outdoors, be sure to bring a coat or sweater as it gets chilly even during the summer, and a blanket if you want to sit on the grass before the stage.
Formerly Pac Bell Park, SBC Park, and AT&T Park, the Oracle Park is the first privately financed ballpark in Major League Baseball since Dodger Stadium in 1962. The name may have changed several times, but the game always remains the same here. The San Francisco Giants' home features an inspiring nine-foot (2.74-meter) statue of America's greatest living ballplayer, Willie Mays, at the northwest corner of the stadium. An 80-foot (24.3-meter) Coca-Cola bottle with playground slides and a miniature replica of the park, located behind left field, has become a magnet for kids of all of ages.
What could a 20,000 square foot (6096 square meters) complex of five levels in San Francisco possibly contain? A whole lot of Japanese pop culture memorabilia, that's what. New People Cinema housed in Japantown reflects hordes of latest possible examples of Japanese culture expressed through mediums of film, art, fashion and events. A collective source of anime, manga, clothing, kawaii and movies, the New People Cinema or the J-Pop center as it is more popularly known, makes for a strangely voyeuristic peek into Japan's pop culture landscape.