Ferry won’t go to Giants’ home opener after all, boat in need of repairs

The San Francisco Giants’ home opener isn’t exactly going off without a hitch.

First, the chance of rain made fans fear possible rain delays, or even a cancellation. (For the record, while there’s a 60 percent chance of rain at the ballpark this afternoon, a cancellation is looking unlikely.)

But as if the weather wasn’t enough of a curveball, it looks like there are issues with a North Bay ferry, too. The Golden Gate Ferry announced Friday that it wouldn’t be operating the planned direct service to Oracle Park for Opening Day. Instead, the agency suggested Giants fans take the regularly scheduled Larkspur Ferry to the Ferry Building and walk or take Muni to the ballpark.

Golden Gate Ferry cited “vessel availability” for the last-minute cancellation, adding the “M.S. San Francisco is undergoing necessary repairs in the shipyard.”

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Things get a little more complicated for the rest of the upcoming home games. On Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday’s games, there will be direct ferry service to Oracle Park. However, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday’s games there will only be service from the ballpark after the game. Things get back to normal on Friday, with direct service to and from Oracle Park resuming.

Check the Golden Gate Ferry’s website for more details.

The Giants are playing Tampa Bay Rays at Oracle Park at 1:35 p.m and gates open at at 11:05 a.m. no matter the weather.

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