SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BALLPARK OPERATIONS
Jorge Costa enters his 29th year with the Giants, supervising ballpark operations, security and maintenance at AT&T Park. Costa oversees all operations staff and event personnel, which includes First Aid, security, groundskeepers, parking, janitorial and facility maintenance. He also serves as the team's liaison to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
Under Costa's direction, the Giants implemented the TEAM (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) program in 1989. This then lead to the Giants to be pioneers in venue management by becoming the first professional sports team to create a Traffic Safety Day in 1990. By continuing the growth of safety programs in 1993 Costa became a charter member of the Designated Driver Advisory Committee which helped created the now industry standard Designated Driver Program. As a result of his commitment, Costa has been bestowed numerous awards for alcohol management, traffic safety, and public awareness of venue and community based programs including the Superior Achievement Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Costa was instrumental in earning AT&T Park LEED Silver Certification in 2010, the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Then in 2015 through continued improvement efforts in recycling, water management, energy efficiency and greener purchasing Costa helped AT&T Park achieve LEED Gold Certification in Building Operations and Management. AT&T Park is the only existing MLB Park to achieve that level of greening sustainability excellence. As a result of their efforts the Giants in 2016 earned their ninth consecutive MLB Green Glove Award for Recycling Excellence, adding to their copious other Greening awards and best practices recognition from industry experts. Prior to his tenure with the Giants, the Saint Mary's College graduate served as Commissioner Peter Ueberroth's West Coast liaison for stadium operations and security, and was director of operations for 8 years at the Oakland Coliseum.
Costa has also participated and attended dozens of events around the world beginning in 1988 at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. In 1992 he assisted with the preparations of the baseball venues in Barcelona, Spain for the Olympics that year. Two years later Costa served as a venue chief at Stanford Stadium for the 1994 Soccer World Cup. In 1996 he was a part of the first international regular season baseball game held in Monterrey, Mexico. At the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, he served as the operations and security consultant for the US Olympic Committee. The following year at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China Costa served as an elite venue chief for operations and security for the US Olympic Committee. Then in 2012 he was involved in the operations at the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Regensburg, Germany followed by hosting the 2013 World Baseball Classic Finals at AT&T Park.
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