The SF Giants are excited about having the first Full House on Opening Day since 2019

It’s been three years since the San Francisco Giants could host a home opener in what looks like a “normal” opening day at 24 Willie Mays Plaza.

With no fans able to attend in 2020 and with fewer than 8,000 fans clustered in pods for the 2021 opener, the Giants may welcome a full home at Oracle Park for Friday’s opener.

Shana Dam, Giants’ senior vice president of public affairs and community relations, told Bay Area Newsgroup that as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Giants have already sold more than 39,000 seats for the opener and more than 100,000 for the three-game run. Series against the Marlins.

For Friday’s opener, the Giants are still hoping to sell all 41,300 seats, but the excitement of the new season and the prediction of beautiful weather – a high of 67 – have left the Giants feeling optimistic.

“We hope to be sold by the first pitch,” said Dam.

The Giants didn’t have any fans — but they did have cardboard cutouts — in the stands for the 2020 home opener, though some are still set inside McCove Cove or on the portwalk facing the water.

The 2021 home opener welcomed fans inside Oracle Park, but with a limited capacity of 7,390 fans in a socially-distanced set-up. The Giants did not reopen the ballpark to full capacity until June 25, 2021, gradually increasing capacity as guidelines for proper distance changed and vaccination rates increased.

But even when the Giants won a franchise-record 107 and held the Dodgers to the NL West Crown, fans still didn’t return at the same rate they once did. The Giants only sold three regular-season games in all of 2021: the final two home games against the Dodgers – Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5 – and the second-to-last game of the season on Saturday, October 2.

Yep, even the final game of the regular season, when the Giants scored their 107th win and clinched the NL West, wasn’t a sell. Over 4,000 seats were open as 36,901 tickets were sold.

The Giants sold all three home games against the Dodgers in the NLDS and their entire allocation of standing-room-only tickets for Games 2 and 5.

Even after that remarkable season, Giants fans had little reason to be excited as the team’s marquee takeover was Carlos Rodón, an impressive but oft-injured pitcher who spent two years, $44 million. The contract was signed.

Franchise legend Buster Posey retired and by trade deadline takeover Kris Bryant left the Giants without making a big move to replace them aggressively.

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