January 2013: Alumni Tour AT&T Park
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 â€™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 ballparkâ€™s history, including its quirky obsession with the number â€œ24â€ (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 MLBâ€™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 Visitorâ€™s dugout, and stand on the field to see the stadium from the playersâ€™ perspective. The group also visited the Visitorâ€™s clubhouse, which included a great view of the Visiting Clubhouse Managerâ€™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 â€œGiantâ€ holiday display!
Have an idea for a fun alumni event? Contact Edith Gong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- AT&T Park Front Entrance â€“ Willy Mays Plaza
- View from the field level
- Kayakers chase after home run balls that make it over Leviâ€™s Landing
- Visiting Manager Hogerneyâ€™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