FSN Bay Area and San Francisco Giants Host Network Re-Launch Party at AT&T Park During March 31 Season Opener
Bay Area Sports Fans Invited to Celebrate New Era in Local Sports Television With Giants v. Dodgers Telecast on the Scoreboard, Public Batting Practice, Free Hot Dogs and Celebrity Appearances
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FSN Bay Area and the San Francisco Giants invite Bay Area sports fans to a viewer appreciation party at AT&T Park on March 31 to celebrate the re-launch of the network as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The party begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 31 and features a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to take batting practice on the field at AT&T Park, watch the live telecast of the Giants’ 2008 season opener on the AT&T Park HD Diamond Vision scoreboard, enjoy free hot dogs for the first 5,000 fans, and celebrate the start of the new season with Giants celebrities Willie Mays and PA Announcer Renel Brooks-Moon.
The event is free to the public and fans can enter at the Willie Mays Plaza gates. Free parking is provided in Parking Lot A located on Third Street between Terry Francois Blvd. and Mission Rock Street.
FSN Bay Area will re-launch as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 12:00 p.m. on March 31 with a special one-hour edition of Giants Pregame Live and live coverage of the Giants-Dodgers game. The pre-game show will provide live coverage of the festivities at AT&T Park, including Willie Mays unveiling the network’s new outfield sign, and interviews with Giants alumni, local celebrities and fans. Fans in AT&T Park will be able to watch the pre-game show and the game on the park’s 3,200 square-foot high-definition scoreboard.
The re-launch of FSN Bay Area as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area marks a new era in Bay Area sports television. As the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” Comcast SportsNet promises an enhanced commitment to comprehensive and entertaining local sports coverage and a renewed dedication to local sports fans. Comcast SportsNet assumed management control of FSN Bay Area following Comcast’s purchase of a controlling interest in the network last June.
Details regarding Viewer Appreciation Day at AT&T Park:
Date: Monday, March 31, 2008
Parking Lot Open: 10:00 a.m. (Free parking is provided in Giants Parking Lot A on Third Street)
AT&T Park Gates Open: 11:00 a.m.
(Enter at Willie Mays Plaza only.)
Fan Batting Practice: 11:30 a.m. - end of Giants-Dodgers game. Batting practice is free, but fans are encouraged to make a donation to the Giants Community Fund.
Promotional Items: First 5,000 fans will receive free hot dogs.
Giants Pregame Live show: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will air a special one-hour Giants Pregame Live originating from Dodgers Stadium. The program will be shown live on the AT&T Park scoreboard and feature live coverage of the festivities at AT&T Park, including Willie Mays unveiling the new Comcast SportsNet Bay Area outfield sign at AT&T Park at approximately 12:03 p.m.
Giants/Dodgers game telecast: 1:00 p.m. The Giants season opener – the first live sporting event to air on Comcast SportsNet – will also be shown live on the AT&T Park scoreboard.
Ceremony Host: Giants Pregame Live host and public address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon.
About FSN Bay Area
FSN Bay Area reaches nearly 4 million households in Northern California and Northern Nevada. FSN Bay Area's programming includes Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants baseball, Golden State Warriors basketball, San Jose Sharks hockey, San Jose SaberCats football, and San Jose Earthquakes soccer. FSN Bay Area is operated by Comcast SportsNet.
Comcast SportsNet operates 10 sports networks that cover more than 2,400 live sporting events annually and deliver comprehensive sports news and analysis to nearly 40 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast SportsNet’s networks are: Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet West, SportsNet New York, FSN Bay Area, The Mtn. – MountainWest Sports Network, and CSS. These networks provide live game coverage of 18 professional teams as well as college, minor league and other sports. For more information see ComcastSportsNet.com.
About the San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants is one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Boasting a 125-year history, the team moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958 playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park before moving into their current home at AT&T Park in 2000. Since opening its gates in 2000, AT&T Park has become internationally renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment. On the diamond, more than 25.4 million spectators have witnessed a trio of playoff appearances, the 2002 World Series and a bevy of magical moments. AT&T Park has also played host to some of music’s biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and Green Day. AT&T Park was the center of the baseball universe in 2007 when it hosted the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In 2008, the Giants and AT&T Park will celebrate the Giants 50th year in San Francisco.