San Francisco Giants to Announce 2019 Changes for AT&T Park! What Kind of Upgrades Will Giants Fans Notice When Entering the Ballpark on Opening Day 2019?
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San Francisco Giants to Announce 2019 Changes for AT&T Park
Multiple sources relating to San Francisco Chronicle and the MLB are reporting that the Giants will be making upgrades to their home ballpark, AT&T Park. The renovations would transpire in time for Opening Day 2019. The Giants have been playing at the waterfront park since they moved from Candlestick Park in the late 1990’s.
AT&T Park has been known for having strong fan turnouts due to playoff success and other events. In 2007, the waterfront park hosted the All-Star Game and was the sight were Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s record for most career home runs. AT&T Park also hosted four World Series (2002, 2010, 2012, 2014), with the Giants winning the latter three.
Here are the Main Upgrades that Will Take place at AT&T Park for the 2019 MLB season:
New Centerfield Video Board
- The old centerfield video board will be taken down and will be replaced by a new one that is about double the size of the previous one. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the new video board will be over 10,000 square feet and the project costs about $10 million. The Giants are one of the couple teams that received huge video board installations at their ballparks. In 2016, the Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field) installed a new video board above the left field bleachers that is double the size as its old one. In 2017, the Angels and Red Sox received new video boards as Anaheim got a huge one above the right field bleachers as well as a new smaller one at left field. Meanwhile, Fenway Park added a small video board just above the right field area of the stadium.
New Ballpark Name
- Starting in 2019, the Giants’ waterfront Park will no longer be known as AT&T Park. According top the San Francisco Examiner, the cellphone company’s naming rights deal would expire after the 2019 season. However, they informed the team about opting out of the pact a year early if the organization can locate a swift partner on a new naming rights deal. Luckily, a computer technology firm called Oracle stepped forward and reached an agreement with the Giants. So, the ballpark will now be known as Oracle Park effective immediately. The Giants became the second team this offseason to sell new stadium naming rights. The Seattle Mariners changed their ballpark name to T-Mobile Park after Safeco (Safeco Field) decided not to renew the contract after 2018. Across the Bay Area, the Golden State Warriors’s arena name also carries the Oracle name (Oracle Arena).
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