SAN FRANCISCO – This weekend, which will feature the Giants’s National League Division Series showdown against the Dodgers, the San Francisco Italian Heritage Festival and Parade, and Fleet Week, could solidify a slight increase in tourism for the city, an increase in ridership for BART, as well as congested traffic.
The Giants are set to face longtime rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs for the very first time. Game 1 kicks off at 6:37 p.m. Friday at Oracle Park and Game 2 is scheduled to start at 6:07 p.m. on Saturday.
The Golden State Warriors will play against the Los Angeles Lakers in a preseason game at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Chase Center.
U.S. Navy Fleet Week began last Sunday and continues through Monday along Fisherman’s Wharf and Marina District, with the parade of ships, ship tours and air shows throughout. weekend.
The city’s Italian heritage festival and parade is also set to begin this weekend, with the festival kicking off on Friday and the parade on Sunday at Fisherman’s Wharf.
“We are very excited because it has been 18 months since San Francisco has had a weekend close to this,” said Joe D’Alessandro, CEO of San Francisco Travel. âIt’s more than a normal weekend because the Giants will face their division rivals will be on national TV, so people across the country will be seeing San Francisco through this TV show. It will contribute to the long term economic impact when people see these games and will be a branding opportunity for us that the publicity cannot really do. This will help us jumpstart our recovery.
âWe are expecting a strong and busy weekend,â said Chris Filippi, BART communications manager, who added that three BART event trains would be operating this Sunday in preparation for the Fleet Week airshow. Friday and Saturday will continue to have extended hours of service until midnight.
BART ridership has seen a drastic drop during the pandemic, but was recently bolstered by weekend runners. While typical weekday ridership is about a quarter of what it was before COVID – with 110,000 runners compared to about 400,000 before the pandemic – Saturdays and Sundays register more than 50% of ridership compared to before COVID .
Traffic jams will be expected due to increased travel, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
There will be congested traffic after the Fleet Week air shows, as well as in the Fisherman’s Wharf area before the Italian Heritage Day parade. The agency advises people to take taxis, public transport, walk or bike to get to the parade.
Stefan Muhle, area general manager of the Argonaut Hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf, said the hotel this weekend will see “possibly the biggest influx of tourists this year outside of Independence Day.” Due to the hotel’s proximity to air shows during Fleet Week, Muhle said there had been “an increase in demand compared to hotels in other areas of the city.”
âWhen I look at my hotels we are currently at around 70-80% occupancy which is fantastic, but we expect strong last minute demand. Lots of people grab their kids and dogs and can come from Modesto, Sacramento, or San Jose because it’s a good weekend. We expect there to be a lot of last minute pickup.
The VIA hotel, located near Oracle Park, will be full this weekend, according to sales and marketing manager Jerry Leap. The hotel saw its occupancy rate drop to 40% last fall during the second COVID shutdown.
âYou could throw a baseball from our front door and hit the ball field,â Leap said. âThe Giants have been a lifeline for us. We are very lucky because SF lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to hotels and hospitality.