03/31/2010 5:17 PM ET
10th Anniversary Season at AT&T Park to begin with 2000 team reunion featuring the return of Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent
The San Francisco Giants Baseball Club today announced its plans for the 2010 season which will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of AT&T Park by reuniting players from the 2000 NL West Division Championship team, including Ellis Burks, Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds.
During its annual Media Open House, the team outlined plans and promotions for the 2010 campaign and showcased new features and fan experiences in the ballpark.
On Friday, April 9, at 1:35 p.m. the Giants will take on the Atlanta Braves in its 52nd Home Opener in San Francisco and 127th campaign in Major League Baseball. The AT&T Opening Series will feature the Opening Day National Anthem performed by San Francisco singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson and the ceremonial first pitch thrown out by a San Francisco sports legend.
The AT&T Opening Series will continue with Opening Night Fireworks and Cy Young Award Tribute (April 10), when the team will honor National League Cy-Young Award Winner Tim Lincecum for earning his second consecutive Cy Young Award. There will also be a post-game fireworks show delivered by AT&T that features a musical tribute to Lincecum.
On Sunday, April 11, the Giants will reunite the 2000 National League West Division Championship team, courtesy of AT&T, to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of AT&T Park (then Pacific Bell Park). Team members scheduled to attend the pregame festivities include Rich Aurilia, Marvin Bernard, Barry Bonds, Ellis Burks, Felipe Crespo, Bobby Estalella, Shawn Estes, Aaron Fultz, Mark Gardner, Jeff Kent, Ramon Martinez, Bill Mueller, Robb Nen, Armando Rios, Kirk Rueter and J.T. Snow.
The Giants will feature a number of popular promotions this season, including six bobblehead giveaways -- Pablo Sandoval presented by Chevron Extra Mile (April 24); Giants legend Willie Mays 'The Catch' (May 16); Peanuts Lucy (June 13); two-time Cy Young Award Winner Tim Lincecum presented by PG&E (July 17); Manager Bruce Bochy presented by Grapes from California (August 14); and baseball legend and former San Francisco Seal Joe DiMaggio (August 28). Other notable promotions include the Wearable Blanket Night presented by Fanta (April 23) and Giants Skateboard Deck presented by Full Throttle (August 15), where the first 7,500 fans, 14 & younger, will receive a one-of-a-kind skateboard deck featuring action photos of Barry Zito, Tim Lineceum, Brian Wilson, Matt Cain, Freddy Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval.
The Giants have expanded the team's dynamic pricing structure to all seating categories in 2010, which expands the accessibility to Giants baseball by giving fans more ticket options at a variety of price points. For more than half of the Giants games this season, dynamic pricing allows the Giants to offer tickets for as low as $5 seat. This has also resulted in 75 percent of all single game tickets being less expensive than their respective prices last season. Dynamic pricing guarantees that season ticketholders will always pay the lowest price available in their seating category and allows the team to continually readjust ticket prices based on market demand including team performance, weather, starting pitcher, promotional giveaways or an opponents' team performance. Tickets are available on sfgiants.com, any Giants Dugout Store, the Ticket Windows at AT&T Park or by calling 1-877-4SFGTIX. Giants prefer Visa.
"It is hard to believe that we are embarking on our second decade of baseball at AT&T Park," said Giants Managing General Partner & CEO William H. Neukom. "If Spring Training is any indication of things to come, this is going to be another exciting season of Giants baseball. The magic continues in our home as a result of our amazing season ticketholders, sponsors, corporate and community partners, media and Giants fans throughout the Bay Area, Northern California and beyond."
In its ongoing efforts to connect with Giants fans through social media, the Giants will hold a Giants Tweetup (April 30). The @sfgiants Tweetup will include a pre-game conversation with Biz Stone, CEO and founder of Twitter, and Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt. The team hopes to set a world record for the largest Tweet-up, which is an in-person meet up amongst Twitter users.
The Giants will also celebrate the life of one of San Francisco's most beloved musicians when they welcome the remaining members of the Grateful Dead to AT&T Park to pay tribute to Jerry Garcia on August 9. A new, San Francisco road race, the AT&T Giant Race (June 12), will start at AT&T Park and feature a half marathon and 5K course.
Over the past 10 years, AT&T Park has established itself as one of the country's premier dining destinations, with its unique food offerings including its infamous Gilroy Garlic Fries and only-in San Francisco, Crazy Crab Sandwich. This season new sandwiches are featured throughout the ballpark including "Outta Here" Cheesesteaks, a Caprese Sandwich, a classic grilled Reuben, a Columbus St. Combo and a Lettieri Family Italian beef sandwich. Other new offerings include a potato bar, sushi bar and grilled kabobs. In addition, two, new year-round restaurants have opened just outside the ballpark at Willie Mays Plaza. Public House and Mijita have been opened by James Beard Award Winning Chef Traci Des Jardins. Public House will be ideal for great sports watching and will feature one of the largest draft beer and cask ale offerings in San Francisco. Mijita is an old-world taqueria featuring tacos, an al pastor vertical rotisserie and cazuela line and house-made tortillas.
AT&T Park is also renowned for its reputation as the most technologically advanced ballpark in the country. This year, the organization has enhanced the AT&T Park experience through mobility. Working in conjunction with AT&T, the Giants significantly upgraded the ballpark's cellular network, Wi-Fi network and Giants Digital Dugout portal. This will ensure that every Giants fan at AT&T Park with an AT&T Wi-Fi enabled mobile device can make calls, send a text message and connect over the Wi-Fi to watch video replays and access other compelling content on the Digital Dugout at giantsdd.com (available only at AT&T Park).
The Giants have worked over the off season to make AT&T Park the greenest ballpark in the country and have instituted a number of sustainable initiatives in partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Linc Facility Services and Centerplate. The team converted a second Green Garlic Fries Stand, located on the View Level. Additionally, the Giants sustainability efforts have earned the imminent certification of AT&T Park from the U.S Green Building Council certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance (EBO&M). The Giants continue to lead all of Major League Baseball in their recycling efforts and for the second year in a row, have received MLB's Green Glove Award, given to the team leader in recycling as well as general programming and initiatives.
AT&T Park will feature two new party spaces located in Centerfield. One will be the Coors Light Fan Attraction located on the Promenade Level, above Centerfield, in the Flag Court. The 20 foot by 48 foot deck will be open throughout the game to fans 21 years and older. Triples Alley is the newest premium seating experience in Centerfield. This private area can accommodate groups of 50 or more, featuring an on-field, pre-game reception area and a private entrance off the Portwalk.