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San Francisco’s dedication to its professional sports teams can verge on the obsessive. Advance tickets for all Bay Area sports events are available through Ticketmaster (t 415/421-8497, w http://www.ticketmaster.com) or direct from the teams, although you can get often get one on the day, at least for baseball.

Baseball

The Oakland A’s play at the usually sunny Coliseum (t 510/638-4900, w http://www.oaklandathletics.com), which has a BART stop in front. The San Francisco Giants play at AT&T Park, where home runs sometimes land in the bay (t 415/972-2000, w http://www.sfgiants.com).

Football

The San Francisco 49ers, five-time Super Bowl champions, bash heads at 3Com Park (t 415/656-4900, w http://www.sf49ers.com), where you may have to pay around $100 per seat, while the Oakland Raiders share the Coliseum (t 510/864-5000, w http://www.raiders.com) with the A’s.

Basketball

The gradually resurgent Golden State Warriors play at the Oracle Arena (t 510/986-2200, w http://www.nba.com/warriors).

Ice hockey

The always competitive San Jose Sharks (t 408/287-7070, w sharks.nhl.com) play at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

Soccer

The San Jose Earthquakes (t 408/985-4625, w http://www.sjearthquakes.com), MLS champs in 2001, draw large crowds at collegiate Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.

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