Pacific Bell Park
After 40 chilly years at Candlestick Point, the Giants moved to their
spectacular new park on the shore of the San Francisco Bay, sparking
sellout crowds and a championship season. Pacific Bell Park, the first
privately financed Major League ballpark to be built in 38 years, is a
classic urban ballpark with an old-time feel that was inspired by Wrigley
field and Fenway Park. This $319 million park is conveniently located to
almost all public transit system servicing the San Francisco Bay area. A
waterfront promenade allows free views of the game just beyond the
right field fence. Wind conditions will be greatly improved according to
wind tunnel research conducted by experts from U.C. Davis. Modern
design technology will allow for construction which can effectively block
Opened: March 31, 2000 (exhibition against the Milwaukee Brewers)
First regular season game: April 11, 2000 (against the Los Angeles Dodgers)
Surface: Sports Turf (blend of five low-growing bluegrass hybrid turf grasses)
Capacity: 40,930 (2000); 41,059 (2001).
Weather: Pacific Bell Park is located in one of the sunniest, warmest areas in
San Francisco. Wind conditions are greatly improved from 3Com Park, as
modern design technology allows for construction which can block the
The Giants' Kirk Rueter threw the first official pitch. It was a ball to
Devon White of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers' Kevin Elster hit the first official home run on Opening
Day, April 11, 2000. He went on to hit three home runs that day.
Barry Bonds hit the first official Giants home run on Opening Day, April
11, 2000 and the first official home run into China Basin (McCovey's
Cove) over the right field fence on May 1, 2000.
The Giants lost their first six games at Pacific Bell Park. Their first home
victory did not come until April 29, 2000 against the Montreal Expos.
Bobby McFerrin sang the national anthem on Opening Day.
Huge glove in left field is clearly marked with a "502" sign, making it
the most distant current outfield measurement sign in baseball.
Barry Bonds hit his 500th home run here on April 17, 2001, becoming
the seventeenth man in Major League Baseball history to reach that