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AT&T Park has received high praise since it opened in 2000 for its great sight-lines, the red brick and green steel exterior that give it a classic look, the clock towers, its urban location with access to public transportation and the stunning bay views. It’s been called “baseball’s perfect address,” and while that might be up for debate, it is a perfect fit for this vibrant and beautiful city. “For a fan, it may be the best park ever built,” award-winning baseball columnist and commentator Peter Gammons has said.
Here are some quick and somewhat obscure facts about AT&T Park:
• The park provides a gorgeous view of the bay but initial plans had it facing downtown and the city skyline. Wind studies showed that to be a bad idea. It was turned around to face the bay and so the structure could block the wind (or most of it, anyway).
• HOK Sport, responsible for Camden Yards in Baltimore and Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, designed the park. Total cost was $357 million and it was the first privately-financed ballpark to be built in almost 40 years, although the city chipped in for some infrastructure improvements.
• The red brick exterior helps the park blend in with the old lofts and warehouses across the street, but the bricks are just for show. They’ve been cut in half and provide no structural support, which would violate earthquake codes.
• San Francisco prides itself on being a progressive city, and the Giants were the first team to employ a female public address announcer. Sherry Davis did it at Candlestick Park before Renel Brooks-Moon, a local radio personality, took over in 2000 when the new park opened.
• It’s only 309 feet to the right-field foul poll at AT&T Park, the shortest distance in the Majors outside Fenway Park. Critics said this was done to give Barry Bonds a boost, but it’s somewhat negated by the 25-foot high wall out there and the fact the wall bows out to 420 feet in right-center.
• The park is on its third name in its relatively short life-span. Initially it was Pacific Bell Park (Pac Bell) and then SBC Park before the current tag.