Every year for the past eight years Karen Campbell and her friends head to San Francisco to catch a Giants baseball game.
“It’s funny how I walk in the ballpark and I’m a completely different person,” Campbell said. “It’s like I’m a little kid at Disney Land.”
When Campbell, a Giants season-ticket holder, first started organizing these group trips, it was a handful of friends on a charter bus. Back then she had no idea what it would turn into.
Eight years later she is gearing up for her annual trip with 170 of her fellow baseball fans.
“The more the merrier,” Campbell said. “This is so fun and so worth the money. It’s not a business, it’s not money making, I just do it because I love it. I love to see the look on peoples faces especially when they have never been there before.”
Campbell said the trip has blossomed from one charter bus to three, just to accommodate the hoard of local fans that wish to be part of the annual trip. Nearly half of this year’s bus trippers have done the trip before and almost 20 of them have made the trip all eight years.
“People want me to do four, but I can’t do four, it’s simply too much,” Campbell said.
Campbell and her vast clan of baseball fans, ranging from 8 to 85 years of age, will be heading to the Giants’ Saturday’s game against the Dodgers.
“It will be a lot of fun because they are neck and neck in the division,” she said.
Campbell, who orders the tickets in December, does all the seating arrangements for the bus and the stadium. She said this year’s bus trippers are getting quit the deal. When Campbell first purchased the tickets for the trip they cost around $42, and now they are going for $79.
With the cost of the tickets ($42) and $35 for the bus and parking costs, fans are getting a one of a kind experience for just under $80, she said.
“The people that go are a great group of people and if they weren’t my friend before they are now,” she said. “If you haven’t gone, you need to go. This is the perfect opportunity. You don’t have to drive, you don’t have to park, you just cruise and everything is taken care of.”
In the trip’s eight year existence, Campbell said they have never lost anyone or had any major issues.
“Never lost anybody, never had any fights, everybody loves it,” she said.
Campbell said there are currently two spots left on the buses. If interested in joining the bus trip contact Campbell at 530-274-3839.
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