Although the Times Square ball has only just dropped and there is still a winter chill in the air, we’d like to direct your attention towards the sunny days of America’s pastime: Believe it or not, Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers report for spring training in just six weeks. If you are jonesing for the hardball season to begin, perhaps you’d like to take a look at hosting your own private event at the coolest spot within the confines of “baseball’s perfect address” — The Gotham Club at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
This unique venue was 130 years in the making: In 1883, John B. Day and Jim Mutrie established the New York Gothams Baseball Club in, where else, New York (for what it's worth, the Times Square ball did not yet exist). Two years later, on the heels of a “staggering win,” Mutrie congratulated his team, calling them “my big fellows, my giants!” And thus the Gothams became “the Giants.” The New York Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 and, despite 3,000 miles, a name change, and three recent World Series Championships, the team has not forgotten its roots. The Giants christened an incredibly cool new spot within AT&T Park in 2013 — The Gotham Club. Are you still with us? (You probably thought this had something to do with Batman, but we’re still too groggy ourselves to force a "Gotham City" theme, or even to make an easy baseball pun out of “Batman.”)
The Gotham Club offers several amazing venues within AT&T park in which to relax and entertain: The Clubhouse, The Bullpen, and The Game Room. Located literally inside the out-of-town scoreboard, offering unique views to the field and McCovey Cove, The Game Room features a stunning bar and private dining area.
Descend a staircase to The Bullpen; a private entrance along The Portwalk that grants guests direct and easy access along the right field warning track, just steps away from the players warming up or taking batting practice.
And last but certainly not least, The Game Room. Inspired by former Giants manager John McGraw’s famous pool hall, this secret lounge features a billiards table, bowling lanes, and vintage parlor games.
Although you may still be groggy from New Year’s Eve, consider adding a resolution to host your private event at The Gotham Club this upcoming baseball season. Play ball! (or Go Bowl! if you prefer, since you can do that too).