SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants' ballpark is
changing its name to AT&T Park beginning in March.
The name change -- the second since the ballpark opened in 2000 --
follows SBC Communications Inc.'s acquisition of AT&T Corp. in
November. San Antonio-based SBC changed its name to AT&T after the
The Giants stadium was originally called Pacific Bell Park and
was later renamed SBC Park.
"AT&T played a critical role in the development of our ballpark
and helped to keep major league baseball in San Francisco," Larry
Baer, the club's executive vice president and chief operating
officer, said in a statement. "Our partnership enabled us to
create what we believe has become the best ballpark in America."
AT&T Park is scheduled to host the All-Star game in 2007. The
Giants said the park will offer wireless AT&T Internet service and
that signage likely would be changed by midsummer.