AT&T Park is a baseball complex found in the popular residential district of South Beach in San Francisco and has served as the headquarters of San Francisco Giants since 2000. The ballpark was originally called Pacific Bell Park, and then was renamed to SBC Park after SBC bought Pacific Bell in 2003. In 2006, SBC merged with AT&T and the park was named to what it is presently called.
The stadium was originally designed to have a seating capacity of 42,000 spectators however, a few changes were implemented during the final phase of the designing process. The original position of the ballpark was 15 degrees clockwise from its present configuration. The position of the scoreboard was also modified from being over the right-field wall to the center-field location it has today. The Giants Pavilion Building also used to be two different structures.
The groundbreaking of the AT&T park took place on December 11, 1997 at the industrial waterfront area called China Basin in close proximity to the then just emerging neighborhoods of Mission Bay and South Beach. It took $357 million to construct the stadium and replaced Candlestick Park as the home turf of the San Francisco Giants. The wind levels in AT&T park is less than 50% compared to the former location at Candlestick however, due to the stadium?s proximity to the San Francisco Bay, baseball watchers still experience very cold temperatures while watching the games.
When AT&T park debuted on March 31, 2000, it was the only ballpark ever built that was purely privately funded since the inauguration of the Dodger Stadium in 1962.
The AT&T Park houses 68 upscale suites, more than 5,000 club seats found on the club floor plus another 1,500 seats located on the field floor at the back of the home plate. Hanging at the upper deck by the left field are the numbers of the retired baseball players Gaylord Perry, Jackie Robinson, Orlando Cepeda, Mell Ott, Carl Hubbell and Willie McCovery. The AT&T Park also houses two of the six pre-number uniforms in the United States which belonged top John McGraw and Christy Mathewson.
The most popular attraction in AT&T Park is its right field wall which measures 24 feet high to pay tribute to Willie Mays. The brick wall features a cordoned off archways which lead a cove with numerous rows of arcade balcony found above it. The fence also has four columns crowned by fountains each. These water elements explode with water every time the Giants were able to make a homerun, emerge triumphant after a game and during the last notes of the National Anthem.