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Whether you’re a hard-core race fan, a classic rocker or a wide-eyed child of 6 years old, the 2013 America’s Cup offers something for everyone.
The America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, and the America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green, provide fans with a wide range of entertainment options, all within shouting distance of the America’s Cup racecourse.
For the first time in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup, the racing, staged entirely within the confines of San Francisco Bay, takes place close to shore, and that means there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Racing their catamarans at full throttle just off the waterfront, the sailors can hear the roar of the fans, who experience the competition up close and personal as never before.
The America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, officially opens on July 4 and is the newest free public access park along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. It will open daily through the end of the America’s Cup Finals.
The America’s Cup Park hosts a wide range of activities throughout the Summer of Racing. On select race days the Park’s program features an informative pre-race dock-out show, athlete interviews, and autograph sessions.
Located in the America’s Cup Park is the America’s Cup Pavilion, the 9,000-seat amphitheater constructed specifically for the Summer of Racing. The America’s Cup Pavilion has a slate of 20 concerts planned, along with family shows, community and comedy acts, all staged with the support of Live Nation Entertainment. On race days the Pavilion broadcasts the racing on a large video screen, accompanied by live commentary.
The America’s Cup Park also features:
Things are swell at PUMA YARD.
Housing the official America’s Cup and ORACLE TEAM USA stores, the PUMA YARD is your one stop shop for the summer of racing.
Hours: Open daily 11am-6pm, later hours during the America’s Cup Concert Series.
After shopping, head upstairs to grab a drink at the PUMA YARD bar. You might even run into your favorite sailor.
Farther down the waterfront, the America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green, is a second beehive of activity. Access to the AC Village is free for all visitors and has paid seating for fans who want to reserve a close-up view of the action on the Bay in August and September.
Two areas distinguish the America’s Cup Village — Marina Green and the Yacht Club Peninsula. The focus at Marina Green is the bleacher seating, with capacity for 6,500 fans, lining the shoreline for fantastic live-race viewing.
In addition, Marina Green also features a Fan Zone with displays such as the Healthy Ocean Project stand and Digital Boathouse, where fans can interact, virtually and in real time, with other fans around the world, and an entertaining sail hoist and net traverse exhibit.
Fans may also enjoy a range of food and beverage facilities, such as a fresh cup of coffee from the Nespresso Café, and a Merchandise Zone that includes a PUMA store and the 34th America’s Cup Village Store. The Lexus vehicle display will showcase the company’s latest vehicle offerings.
The Yacht Club Peninsula is focused predominantly on live race viewing with the racecourse bleachers seating 1,400 people located at prime spots along the peninsula, as well as food, beverage and merchandise facilities for fans to enjoy.
In September, the America’s Cup Village will host the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, the international competition featuring 10 national teams of youth sailors aged 19 to 24 years old, at Marina Green where fans can see the teams and AC45 catamarans up close and personal.
To learn about ticket options and to book the best seat on the Bay, please visit americascup.com/experience.
Prohibited Items at America’s Cup Park:
The following items are strictly prohibited and may not be brought into the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27-29:
Special Rules For Bags and Backpacks: As required by local authorities, and to protect and ensure the security and safety of the America’s Cup Park, all bags will be subject to search. Please refrain from bringing large bags or backpacks to the venue. Possession of a bag may result in a refusal of entry into or removal from the America’s Cup Park.