January 2013: Alumni Tour AT&T Park

Jan 16, 2013

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Alumni in the dugout (top to bottom): Michael Hansen (Denmark), Peter Kovacs (Canada), Saldy Suriben (San Jose), Edith Gong (San Jose), Colleen McNulty (Michigan), Susan Obuchowski (San Jose), Renee Courington (Alabama)

 
(by Colleen McNulty, Michigan '05/Ireland '07 and Edith Gong, SJ ’86)

Over 20 alumni plus friends and family came together on a drizzly day in early December for a private behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Park, home of the 2012 World Series Champions (a 4-0 sweep!) the San Francisco Giants.

The tour included an in-depth account of the team, who originally hailed from New York, and the ballpark’s history, including its quirky obsession with the number “24” (ask anyone who went on the tour for the secret). AT&T Park was one of the first stadiums built by private funding and its architectural style has influenced many of the MLB’s newest stadiums. AT&T Park was designed with its location in mind: Giants fans are able to watch the game from a public archway with a slightly obstructed view, and can also try to catch home run balls hit past the wall from boats and kayaks in McCovy Cove. Thanks to its prominent location (and active Marketing Department), the park is used year-round.

The tour gave the group a chance to sit in the Press Box, snap photos in the Visitor’s dugout, and stand on the field to see the stadium from the players’ perspective. The group also visited the Visitor’s clubhouse, which included a great view of the Visiting Clubhouse Manager’s bobblehead collection and a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia from the last season played at Candlestick: the door from the Giants clubhouse, which was signed by players of the Giants and visiting teams. The only disappointment was that the World Series Trophy was on tour and unavailable for photo ops! This is yet another creative way that the Giants fundraise and market to fans outside of the Bay Area.

All-in-all, the group had a great time despite the dreary weather. Many took the opportunity to shop for gifts and World Series memorabilia at the huge Giants Dugout store, all decked out for the holidays with a “Giant” holiday display!

Have an idea for a fun alumni event? Contact  Edith Gong (edithaieseclife@gmail.com).

 

AT&T Park Front Entrance – Willy Mays Plaza

 

 

 

 

 

View from the field level

 

 

 

 

 

Kayakers chase after home run balls that make it over Levi’s Landing

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting Manager Hogerney’s Hundreds of Bobble Heads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the entire stadium from the Press Box

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Brown and Lucy dressed in Giants Gear

 

 

 

 

 

Memorabilia from 2010 World Series Win

 

 

 

 

 

Statue of Willie Mays

 

 

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