AT & T Park is an open-air baseball park located in San Francisco, California and is home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team. AT&T Park was the first privately financed park in major league baseball since 1962. The stadium has a nine-foot statue of Willie Mays at the front entrance, McCovey's Cove which features Portuguese water dogs who fetch home runs. There is also an 80-foot Coca Cola bottle with slides and a replica miniature AT&T park playground designed for children of all ages.
The park has hosted not only baseball games, but other sporting events over the years. Every year the stadium hosts the Emerald Bowl, a college football bowl game and the San Francisco Devil Rays, a tag team. AT&T Park has also hosted concerts featuring such musical acts as Kenny Chesney, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews. Over the years, the park has been known as SBC Park and Pacific Bell Park, however, upon the merger of AT &T and SBC, the park was renamed AT&T Park on January 1st, 2004.
Construction of the park began in 1997, and cost an estimated $319 million to build. Because the park is built on San Francisco Bay, it is not unusual for guests to experience a cool fog and winter jackets in the summer, despite the higher temperatures. The park officially opened on March 31st, 2000 and has a public transportation system like no other baseball park.
The park is designed with an old-time feeling and has all the amenities of a modern park. The inspiration for the design was Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, and the stadium was modeled after Oriole Park, Jacobs Field and Coors Field. The first game at the stadium took place on April 11th, 2000 and since it opened, the park has added additional seating and can now hold a seating capacity of 40,930 with an additional 1,500 standing room capacity.
The stadium contains 68 luxury boxes, 5,200 club seats and an additional 1,500 club seats located behind home plate. The most distinctive feature of the park is the 24-foot high right field wall which serves as a memorial to Willie Mays. In addition to glass elevators and a landscaped plaza, the park features an automated scoreboard and a high definition video board.
Visitors to the park will find an old time feel and charm combined with the latest modern conveniences. The park has wireless internet access, covered concourse and seating areas, handicapped facilities, snack booths, gift shops and various sculpture work throughout the park, making it one of the largest public hotspots in the United States. In 2008, AT&T Park was named "Sports Facility of the Year'', by Sports Business Daily and the Sports Business Journal. Each year capacity crowds from all over the world join together to watch the San Francisco Giants play baseball and enjoy the many features the park has to offer.
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