Giants show off new ballpark amenities

Giants show off new park amenities

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Giants unveiled their marvelous new ballpark in 2000, Peter Magowan, president and managing general partner, described it as an intimate park made for baseball fans. Now, eight years later, Magowan and his staff are continuing to make AT&T Park one of the best venues in baseball.

On Wednesday at the annual media open house event, Magowan and executive vice president and CEO Larry Baer announced plans for the 2008 50th anniversary season with a preview of the ballpark's new group suites and enhanced View Level amenities.

The Giants will open the new Legends Club and McCovey Cove Loft this season for fans who prefer a large private party space. The Legends Club is the first and only all-inclusive, high-end entertainment space, located above left field on the Club Level. The Club, which features six high-definition flat-screen televisions, couches and a series of fully retractable folding glass partitions, can accommodate up to 120 people.

The McCovey Cove Loft, which is located in the brick archways of the right-field wall where Rusty the robotic ballplayer used to moon walk out of his shed when the stadium first opened, features a terraced, exterior patio with outdoor seating that sits just 10 feet above the playing field. The suite can accommodate up to 40 people and features 10 flat-screen HD TVs with the capacity for Power Point presentations in addition to MP3 and DVD capabilities.

"We're making an effort to enhance the experience of all the fans who attend Giants games," said Tom McDonald, senior vice president of consumer marketing. "The fan experience is very important to the Giants organization."

In addition to the Legends Club and the McCovey Cove Loft, the Giants upgraded the View Level food court and added new amenities. The food court on the View Level will now feature an Orlando's Caribbean Barbecue, a California Cookout, and a new King Street Carvery.

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Also, the addition of a solid, glass structure along the outer wall of the view concourse will allow fans to capture the views of the downtown skyline, Bay Bridge and Twin Peaks. And just for kicks, the stadium is now 100 percent HD, with a total of 432 flat-panel, fan accessible televisions located throughout the park.

Giants fans will get their first opportunity to experience the new ballpark on Monday, as the Giants and FSN Bay Area invite fans to come out and watch the season opener against the Dodgers from Los Angeles on the scoreboard in center field. The party, which is free and open to the public, begins at ll a.m. PT and features a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to take batting practice on the field. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will get to enjoy free hot dogs.

The 50th anniversary celebration will continue on Opening Day at AT&T Park on Monday, April 7, against the San Diego Padres, with a tribute to the very first team to wear the orange and black in San Francisco -- the 1958 Giants. Alumni from that team scheduled to attend include Felipe Alou, John Antonelli, Eddie Bressoud, Orlando Cepeda, Jim Davenport, Whitey Lockman, Mike McCormick, Stu Miller, Daryl Spencer, Don Taussig, Al Worthington and Willie Mays.

Jayson Addcox is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.