Giants game and Dave Matthews Band concert expected to create traffic mess in Mission Bay

Take public transportation — or walk — is the message San Francisco officials are trying to get out to people commuting into the city Tuesday evening.

The Dave Matthews Band is playing at the newly opened Chase Center in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Blocks away, the Giants are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:45 p.m. at Oracle Park.

This is the first time concurrent events are taking place in Mission Bay since the opening of the Golden State Warriors’ new arena on Friday, and traffic and parking are expected to be a challenge.

Chase Center has only about 900 parking spots for over 18,000 seats, and almost none of them are open to the public. The 800-space parking garage across the street at UCSF is not available to fans. In other words, parking will be next to impossible near the Chase Center.

To encourage people to take public transportation, the SFMTA is offering free Muni rides all day for Chase Center event ticket holders. The T-Third Street line will drop off riders at a newly expanded stop directly in front of the stadium.

Muni is also providing two additional bus lines (78X and 79x) to shuttle people from downtown. The 78X runs between the 16th Street BART station and the arena, and the 79X runs along Van Ness Avenue. Both are available 2.5 hours before any Chase Center event and for 30 minutes after.

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Those coming from the Peninsula can take Caltrain to the Fourth and King station. For a more laid-back experience, a special Chase Center ferry service will eventually start running from the Alameda and Oakland terminals — although currently, this is only for Warriors games and not concerts.

Those who take ride-share services may avoid the parking mess, but they are likely to get caught up in traffic. If you do take Uber or Lyft, the pick-up and drop-off zones are on the bay side of Chase Center.

Taking public transit to the Giants game is also encouraged; Muni will be running its typical special-event service with extra trains to and from Oracle Park.

If you’re lucky enough to live close by, walking or biking to either park are likely the best options. Both parks provide bike valet service.

Amy Graff is a digital editor at SFGATE. Email her at agraff@sfgate.com. Madeline Wells also contributed to this story.

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