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September 13, 2021

How to Experience San Francisco During The Ninth Annual Oracle NetSuite Open Squash Championship

World class professional squash returns to San Francisco's Embarcadero Plaza with the Ninth Annual Oracle NetSuite Open Squash Championship, Sept. 23-27. Experience this world-class sporting event and combine it with this custom, three-day itinerary to make an unforgettable weekend in San Francisco.

Day 1 / Friday, Sept. 24

Sign off from work early and head to downtown San Francisco.

Check In to Your Hotel

San Francisco's hotels are ready to welcome you again. Pamper yourself in their luxurious accommodations. A hotel block for the Oracle NetSuite Open is available at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Use group code G-SQNG to book your room. The Hyatt Regency is located near some of San Francisco’s most popular attractions.

Dine Out

Arriving in the early evening means only one thing: happy hour. Head to One Market and enjoy a sophisticated setting, or enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge on the outdoor patio at Waterbar.

There is delicious food to be found in every San Francisco neighborhood, and many restaurants have created safe and charming outdoor environments where you can enjoy your meal. Try authentic Chinese dishes in Chinatown. Choose a slice of prize-winning pizza in North Beach. Venture down the Embarcadero to enjoy the bevy of fresh seafood at Fisherman's WharfPier Market Seafood RestaurantFog Harbor Fish House, and Scoma’s all offer delicious meals and ambiance. 

First Round Squash Action at 6:45 p.m. 

Reserved seat tickets are available online, starting from $30 for Friday, Sept. 24. The all-glass portable SuiteSuccess Court offers embedded video and LED displays with in-court scoring and replay capability, and a seating capacity of 500 guests per session. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for entry.  

Day 2 / Saturday, Sept. 25 

Get Inspired At Our Museums

San Francisco's must-see museums are welcoming visitors back. Whether your interests lie in natural history, the fine arts, or our shared and evolving culture, you'll find inspiration in San Francisco's museums.

The Museum of the African Diaspora, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture, explores the histories and cultures of African migrants through the ages, while the Asian Art Museum has priceless artifacts from a variety of East and South Asian cultures. Some are more than 5,000 years old! The Contemporary Jewish Museum celebrates the contributions of Jewish Americans to the worlds of film, fashion, and food, among other parts of our culture. 

Watch Quarterfinal Squash at 1 p.m.

If you didn’t catch first round action on Friday night, head on over for quarterfinal action at Embarcadero Plaza in the afternoon. Two men’s and two women’s quarterfinal matches will take place in the afternoon session. Tickets begin at $75.

Dine Out

Take advantage of your last night out and splurge on an unforgettable dining experience.

In San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood, Chef Michael Tusk, a James Beard Foundation honoree, cooks up Californian contemporary cuisine with Italian influences at Quince.

Celebrity chef Tyler Florence's flagship San Francisco restaurant, Wayfare Tavern, offers sumptuous, authentic American fare in a classic turn-of-the-century building.

Take in the nostalgia and history at John’s Grill, one of the city’s oldest and most famous establishments. It's a favorite with local and national celebrities who enjoy great steaks, fresh seafood, salads and pastas with excellent service.

Whether you're looking for something classic or cutting-edge, San Francisco's culinary scene has what you're looking for.

Day 3 / Sunday, Sept. 26

Enjoy the Outdoors

The great outdoors have never been more appealing. Lucky for you, San Francisco is one of the greenest cities in the country, with acres of protected land for you to explore.

Within just one massive space, Golden Gate Park features playgrounds, lakes, museums and even a Japanese Tea Garden. You'll also want to check out the de Young MuseumCalifornia Academy of SciencesConservatory of FlowersSan Francisco Botanical Garden and stroll through the western area of the park, where you’ll find windmills and an expansive tulip garden.

Dolores Park is the perfect place to enjoy great views while you picnic and people watch. There are also a playground and several tennis and basketball courts to play on.

At Alamo Square Park, you’ll find a full range of activities, from walking trails to tennis courts and a playground. Catch a glimpse of the famous Victorian houses, the Painted Ladies, featured in the popular 80’s sitcom “Full House,” while you’re there. 

Experience Chinatown

A city within a city, San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest and largest such neighborhood in the U.S. Learn more about Chinatown at the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum or the free Chinese Cultural Center. You can also get an insider's perspective by signing up for guided experiences with All About Chinatown Tours or Wok Wiz Tours.

Shop Unique Local Businesses

Many of San Francisco's unique neighborhoods have their own special shopping districts. Sure, the flagship luxury retail of Union Square is a treat, but what about finding something that says "only in San Francisco"? 

Explore Our Icons

Laeve your shopping bags to the hotel and then head out to explore the numerous nearby icons that line the northeast quadrant of our city. Take a tour of Alcatraz, the infamous former federal prison situated smack in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Take the perfect selfie along the winding turns on Lombard StreetCoit Tower is nearby, and a hike up to its base on Telegraph Hill is great exercise rewarded by great views. PIER 39 is another man-made wonder, full of shops and restaurants and home to San Francisco's most famous non-human residents, the California sea lions

Semifinal Squash

If you’re saving yourself for high-stakes action under the lights, take in two men’s and two women’s Semifinal matches beginning at 6:45pm.

For more information on the Oracle NetSuite Open, including the men's and women's draws, ticket purchase, and primers on the game of squash, please visit

For more ideas on how to maximize your weekend in San Francisco, check out another itinerary.

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