Saturday, February 04, 2006

The San Francisco Giants’ ballpark to get a new identity, becoming AT&T Park

The San Francisco Giants is a major league baseball team that was founded in 1883 as New York Gothams. It is one of the oldest teams in the league and has won laurels from the time it has stepped in the field. The Giants have their home arena at SBC Park. The Park is getting its name changed third time and is second time since the ballpark opened in 2000. It will now become AT&T Park. AT&T played a critical role in the development of our ballpark and helped to keep major league baseball in San Francisco. SBC communications, the flagship sponsor of SBC Park, reframed itself as AT&T Inc. In late 2005 SBC Communications merged with AT&T Corp. In November the SBC Communication changed its name to AT&T after the merger. Following the merger now The Park will officially be renamed AT&T Park on March 1, 2006, just two years after it adopted the SBC Park name.
Formerly it was called SBC Park and prior to that it was called the Pacific Bell Park. Pacific Bell, a local telephone company in the San Francisco Bay Area, purchased the naming rights for the park 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. It was then that the park got its name SBC from the communication company called SBC Communication who had sponsored the park. Initially known as Southwestern Bell and in 1995, its name to SBC Communications, Inc. The company stated that "SBC" no longer stood for anything.
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 Park is an open-air stadium that contains 68 luxury suites, 5,200 club seats on the club level and an additional 1,500 club seats at the field level behind the home plate. 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 outstanding 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. Due to the immediacy 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.AT&T Park is scheduled to host the All-Star game in 2007. The Giants said the park will offer wireless AT&T Internet service and that signage likely would be changed by midsummer. To get more information about the Park, Please refer to www.


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