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Fans wave towels as the San Francisco Giants take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Fans wave towels as the San Francisco Giants take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Giants have dubbed their quest for a World Series win “The Hunt for Orange October,” and the city is jumping on board as Game 1 got underway Wednesday evening against the Detroit Tigers.

Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed this week “San Francisco Giants Pride Week,” during which the team’s flag will be raised over City Hall and a number of buildings will be lit up in Giants orange.

The buildings include City Hall, Coit Tower, the Ferry Building and the War Memorial Opera House. The city’s official tree in front of the McLaren Lodge, on the eastern end of Golden Gate Park, will also be lit up.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

“The San Francisco Giants have put the ‘Orange’ in ‘Orange October,’” Lee said in a statement. “Let’s show our Giants pride in our schools, our businesses and in our homes to celebrate their quest to bring the World Series Championship back home to San Francisco.”

Dorothy Garfield, 44, of Brentwood, a lifelong Giants fan, has had her World Series Game 1 ticket since the Giants were battling the Cincinnati Reds in the Division Series.

“It’s been very difficult,” Garfield said of watching the games and wondering if she’d be able to use her tickets. “I was pretty worried.”

“All I kept thinking was this is the one time I can go, because I couldn’t afford tickets in 2010,” she said.

When Marco Scutaro recorded the final out in Monday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals and sending the Giants to the World Series, Garfield was elated.

“All I could do was yell and scream,” Garfield said.

Fans are still buzzing with glee over that 9-0 win, and Wednesday’s World Series Game 1 was sold out.

Garfield purchased her two tickets on StubHub, spending about $1,300 total. She said she still has a budget left to get her and her son hot dogs during the game.

“I figured it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” Garfield said.

The area around AT&T Park is expected to be packed Wednesday night and Thursday night for Game 2.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is encouraging fans to take Muni, BART, Caltrain, ferries, taxis, or walk or bike to the ballpark.

Options offered by Muni include the T-Third and N-Judah light-rail lines, as well as the 10-Townsend, 30-Stockton, 45-Union-Stockton, 47-Van Ness and 83X buses.

With the higher ridership, Muni is offering an additional eight Metro Baseball Shuttles and BART is running longer trains.

Those transferring from BART to Muni can purchase round-trip Muni fares at the Embarcadero station.

Those planning to drive into the park can expect hefty parking prices. Parking at Pier 30 will be available for $40, and in Lot A, parking is $45, SFMTA officials said.

From the seventh inning until the stadium clears after the game, there will be a number of street closures.

The closures will include Second Street between King and Townsend streets; eastbound King Street between Second and Third streets; and northbound Fourth Street between Channel Street and the Peter Maloney Fourth Street Bridge.

Water traffic will be heavy in McCovey Cove, as it always is for big games at AT&T Park. The Coast Guard urges boaters heading to the cove for the game to make sure they have safety equipment.

All boaters should have life jackets for all people on board, flares, an emergency position indicator radio and an operational marine high-frequency radio to contact the Coast Guard in the event of an emergency, Coast Guard officials said.

“This is going to be a very, very difficult series,” Garfield said. “I honestly think the Giants will pull it out in seven games.”

The Giants are looking to repeat the magic they had in 2010, when they rode their pitching and clutch hitting to a World Series title over the Texas Rangers.

This year’s run has been characterized by come-from-behind series victories. The team has bounced back from 0-2 and 1-3 deficits against the Reds and Cardinals to advance to the World Series.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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