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Encyclopedia > SBC Park
AT&T Park
formerly Pac Bell Park, SBC Park
AT&T Park
Facility statistics
Location 24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, California 94107
Broke ground December 11, 1997
Opened March 31, 2000
Closed
Demolished
Owner China Basin Ballpark Corp.
(San Francisco Giants subsidiary)
Operator
Surface Grass
Construction cost $357 million USD
Architect HOK Sport
Former names
Pacific Bell Park (2000-2003)
Tenants
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Seating capacity
41,503 (2000)
Dimensions
Left Field - 339 ft (103 m)
Left-Center - 382 ft (116 m)
Left-Center (deep) - 404 ft (123 m)
Center Field - 399 ft (122 m)
Right-Center (deep) - 421 ft (128 m)
Right-Center - 365 ft (111 m)
Right Field - 309 ft (94 m)

AT&T Park (formerly Pacific Bell Park and SBC Park) is an open-air baseball stadium, home to the San Francisco Giants of the National League. The park is located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza, at the corner of 3rd Street and King Street in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay Motto: Official website: http://www. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1954 â€¢ 1933 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1905  NL Pennants (20) 2002 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1954 1951 â€¢ 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1933 1924 â€¢ 1923 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1917 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1912 â€¢ 1911 1905 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1889 â€¢ 1888 West Division titles (6... This article is about general United States currency. ... HOK Sport is a division of the international architectural firm HOK which specializes in sports facilities. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... AT&T Inc. ... Pacific Bell logo Pacific Bell was a telephone company which provided service in the state of California. ... SBC may refer to— St. ... Baseball is a team sport in which a player on one team (the pitcher) attempts to throw a hard, fist-sized ball past a player on the other team (the batter), who attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered, smooth cylinder called a bat. ... Montreals Olympic Stadium The Athens Olympic Stadium Most stadiums are open-air, such as this football (soccer) stadium in the Netherlands. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1954 â€¢ 1933 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1905  NL Pennants (20) 2002 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1954 1951 â€¢ 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1933 1924 â€¢ 1923 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1917 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1912 â€¢ 1911 1905 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1889 â€¢ 1888 West Division titles (6... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... The South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco encompasses the mixed-use blocks which border The Embarcadero from south of the Bay Bridge down to 3rd Street. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ...


The park will officially be renamed AT&T Park on March 1, 2006, just two years after it adopted the SBC Park name. SBC Communications, the flagship sponsor of SBC Park, rebranded itself as AT&T Inc. when it merged with AT&T Corp. in late 2005. This will mark the second renaming for the park since its opening in 2000. SBC Communications NYSE: SBC is an American telecommunications company based in San Antonio, Texas. ...

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History

Groundbreaking on the ballpark began on December 11, 1997 in the industrial waterfront area of San Francisco known as China Basin. The stadium cost $319 million to build and supplanted the Giants' former home, Candlestick Park, a multi-use stadium in southern San Francisco. Fans had shivered through 40 seasons at "The Stick". In contrast, this new ballpark was built in a sheltered and relatively warm area of the city's topography. December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Monster Park (colloquially, The Stick or Candlestick, after its original name of Candlestick Park) is an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium located in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. ...

Close up of the old fashioned glove at SBC Park.
Close up of the old fashioned glove at SBC Park.

When it opened on March 31, 2000, the ballpark was the first Major League Baseball stadium built in the U.S. without public funds since the completion of Dodger Stadium in 1962 (though the Giants did receive a $10 million tax abatement from the city, which also paid for upgrades to the local infrastructure, including a connection to the Muni Metro). The park opened with a seating capacity of 40,800, but this has increased over time as seats have been added. The first Major League Baseball game took place on April 11, 2000 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1014x1097, 453 KB) Closer picture of the old fashioned glove at SBC Park. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1014x1097, 453 KB) Closer picture of the old fashioned glove at SBC Park. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (91st in Leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Dodger Stadium has been the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team since 1962. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Muni Metro Map Muni Metro is a mass transit system operated in the City and County of San Francisco by the San Francisco Municipal Railway. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) West Division (1969-present) American Association (1884-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1955 NL Pennants (21) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1978 â€¢ 1977 1974 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1955 â€¢ 1953 1952 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 â€¢ 1941 1920 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1900...


In just its first few years of existence, the ballpark has seen its share of historic events primarily due to veteran Giants outfielder Barry Bonds. On April 17, 2001, Bonds hit his 500th career home run at then Pacific Bell Park. Later that year, he set the single season home run record when he hit home runs number 71, 72, and 73 over the weekend of October 5th to close the season. On August 9, 2002, Bonds hit his 600th career home run at the park. On April 12, 2004, Bonds hit career home run 660 at SBC Park to tie Willie Mays on the all-time list and on the next night, he hit number 661 to move into sole possession of third place. On September 17, 2004, Bonds hit his 700th career home run at the park to become just the third member of baseball's 700 club. It has also hosted the 2002 World Series against the Angels, which the Giants lost 4 games to 3, and will host the 2007 All-Star Game. Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is a left fielder in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants; he is most famous for his home run hitting. ... April 17 is the 107th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (108th in leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For other uses of the phrase see Home run (disambiguation) In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run for each runner who was already on... October 5 is the 278th day of the year (279th in Leap years). ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Willie Howard Mays, Jr. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pacific Bell, a local telephone company in the San Francisco Bay Area, purchased the naming rights for the park for $50 million over 24 years when the park opened. Pacific Bell's parent SBC Communications eventually dropped the Pacific Bell name and reached an agreement with the Giants to change the park's name on January 1, 2004. The name change upset some fans, leaving them in the awkward position of desiring the park's former corporate name. Pacific Bell logo Pacific Bell was a telephone company which provided service in the state of California. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... SBC Communications NYSE: SBC is an American telecommunications company based in San Antonio, Texas. ...


Giants Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary of the San Francisco Giants created and headed by longtime team executive and marketing legend Pat Gallagher, brings non-baseball events to the stadium on days when the Giants do not play. The stadium was home to the XFL San Francisco Demons in 2001, was the home of the Shrine Bowl (until 2006) and college football's Emerald Bowl (since 2002). Numerous concerts are also held at the park. Patrick Joseph Gallagher (Born February 23, 1949, Chicago, IL) President, San Francisco Giants Enterprises The longest serving executive in San Francisco Giants history, Pat Gallagher is credited for being one of the most creative marketing and buisness minds in professional sports. ... The XFL was a professional American football league which played for one season in 2001. ... The Only Season The San Francisco Demons were a short-lived springtime American football team based in San Francisco, California. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The East-West Shrine Game is an annual post-season college football all-star game played in January in San Francisco, California. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... The Emerald Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually at 40,800-seat SBC Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) in San Francisco, California, since 2002. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Features

The stadium contains 68 luxury suites, 5,200 club seats on the club level and an additional 1,500 club seats at the field level behind home plate.


The most prominent feature of the ballpark is the right field wall, which is 24 feet (7 m) high in honor of former Giant Willie Mays who wore number 24. Because of the proximity to San Francisco Bay, it is only 309 feet (94 m) to the right field foul pole. The fence angles quickly away from home plate; right-center field extends out to 421 feet (128 m) from home plate. Atop the fence are four pillars with fountains atop. These four pillars will burst jets of water when a Giant hits a home run. To some old-timers, the right field area vaguely suggests the layout at the Polo Grounds. This deep corner of the ballpark has been dubbed "death valley" or "triples alley". Like its Polo Grounds counterpart, it is very difficult to hit a home run to this area, and a batted ball that finds its way into this corner often results in a triple. Willie Howard Mays, Jr. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate The San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining of approximately forty percent of California, flowing in Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in...


Beyond right field is a section of the bay, dubbed McCovey Cove after famed Giants first baseman Willie McCovey, into which a number of home runs have been hit on the fly. As of September 18, 2005, 40 "Splash Hits" [1] have been knocked into the Bay by Giants players since the park opened; 32 of those were by Barry Bonds. Opponents had hit the Cove on the fly 11 times, Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks being the only visiting player to do so twice. On game days, fans take to the water of McCovey Cove in boats and even in kayaks, often with fishing nets in the hope of collecting a home-run ball. (This echoes what used to happen during McCovey's playing days. Before Candlestick Park's upper deck was extended, the area behind right field was occupied by three small bleacher sections and a lot of open space. Kids in those bleachers would gather behind the right field fence when "Stretch" would come to the plate.) Just beyond the wall is a public waterfront promenade, where fans can watch three innings of a game through the wall's archways, free of charge, albeit with a somewhat obstructed view. Across the cove from the ballpark is McCovey Point and China Basin Park, featuring monuments to past Giants legends. SBC Park (formerly Pacific Bell Park) is an open-air baseball stadium, home to the San Francisco Giants of the National League. ... Willie Lee McCovey (born January 10, 1938 in Mobile, Alabama), nicknamed Big Mac and Stretch, is a former slugger and first baseman who played Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics between 1959 and 1980. ... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is a left fielder in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants; he is most famous for his home run hitting. ... Luis Emilio González (born September 3, 1967), better known as Luis E. González (affectionately called Gonzo by many of his fans), is a baseball player for the Arizona Diamondbacks and plays left field. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998-present) West Division (1998-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2001 NL Pennants (1) 2001 West Division titles (3) 2002 â€¢ 2001 â€¢ 1999 Wild card berths (0) None Major league nicknames Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-present) Major league home ballparks Chase Field (1998-present... For the Dutch rock band of the same name see Kayak (band) Two whitewater kayakers running the Numbers section of the Arkansas River. ...

The old fashioned glove and Coke Bottle at AT&T Park.
The old fashioned glove and Coke Bottle at AT&T Park.

The ballpark also features an 80 foot (24 m) Coca-Cola bottle with playground slides that will blow bubbles and light up with every Giants home run and miniature version of SBC Park behind the left field bleachers. Next to the Coke bottle is a giant baseball mitt, a replica of a vintage 1927 glove. Right-center field features a small cable car, with a label that states "No Dodgers Fans Allowed," and a fog horn that blows when a Giants player hits a home run. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x650, 597 KB)The old fashioned glove and Coke bottle at SBC Park when it was still called Pacific Bell Park, July, 2003. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1000x650, 597 KB)The old fashioned glove and Coke bottle at SBC Park when it was still called Pacific Bell Park, July, 2003. ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ...


In addition to automated scoreboards, the park also has enormous, manually operated boards in right-center field, which display the scores of Major League Baseball games played elsewhere. These manual scoreboards are operated by three employees, whose work on gamedays starts at least two hours prior to the first pitch. Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ...


Outside the ballpark are three statues dedicated to San Francisco Giants all-time greats. The Willie Mays Statue is located in front of the ballpark entrance at Willie Mays Plaza and is surrounded with 24 palm trees, in honor of his jersey number 24, retired by the Giants. Another statue is located at McCovey Point across McCovey Cove, and is dedicated to Willie McCovey. A third statue, dedicated in 2005, honors former Giants pitcher Juan Marichal, and is located outside the ballpark at its Lefty O'Doul gate entrance. Willie Howard Mays, Jr. ... Willie Lee McCovey (born January 10, 1938 in Mobile, Alabama), nicknamed Big Mac and Stretch, is a former slugger and first baseman who played Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics between 1959 and 1980. ... Juan Antonio Marichal Sánchez (born October 20, 1937 in Laguna Verde, Dominican Republic), better known as Juan Marichal, was a Major League Baseball starting pitcher known for his high leg kick (image of Marichals leg kick), dominating stuff and intimidation tactics, which included aiming pitches directly at the...


Starting in 2004, the Giants installed one hundred and twenty-one 802.11b wireless internet access points, covering all concourses and seating areas, creating one of the largest public "hotspots" in the world. SBC Park could thus be said to be one of the largest "Internet Cafes." Wi-Fi (also WiFi, Wi-fi, Wifi, or wifi) is a set of wireless internetproduct compatibility standards for wireless local area networks (WLAN) based on the IEEE 802. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Wireless access point. ... E-Corner First internet cafe, was located at Waverley station An Internet cafe or cybercafe is a place where one can use a computer with Internet access for a fee, usually per hour or minute; sometimes one can have unmetered access with a pass for a day or month, etc. ...


Future Naming

On October 7, 2005, USA TODAY reported that SBC plans after their merger with AT&T that they would adopt the AT&T name if the FCC agreed to the merger in a meeting on October 28. Then on February 3, 2006, it was announced that the stadium would be officially renamed "AT&T Park" on March 1 — which would be their third name in six years. [2] It should be noted that it will be the company, not the team, that will pay all of the costs of the renaming. [3]. When SBC changed the stadium's name from Pacific Bell Park back in 2004, the company had to spend millions of dollars to change the countless stadium signs, logos and monikers, and the 10-foot-tall neon letters mounted high above the east side of the stadium. [4] October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years). ... USA Today is a national American newspaper published by the Gannett Corporation. ... AT&T Inc. ... The FCCs official seal. ... October 28 is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 64 days remaining. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ...


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SBC Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1430 words)
ATandT Park (formerly Pacific Bell Park and SBC Park) is an open-air baseball stadium, home to the San Francisco Giants of the National League.
The park is located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza, at the corner of 3rd Street and King Street in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California.
SBC Communications, the flagship sponsor of SBC Park, rebranded itself as ATandT Inc. when it merged with ATandT Corp. in late 2005.
SBC Park - definition of SBC Park in Encyclopedia (734 words)
SBC Park (formerly Pacific Bell Park) is a baseball stadium, home to the San Francisco Giants of the National League.
The park is located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza, at the corner of 3rd Street and King Street in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, California.
Pacific Bell's parent SBC Communications eventually dropped the Pacific Bell name and reached an agreement with the Giants to change the park's name on January 1, 2004.
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