Phoning it in: Giants home to change to AT&T Park

Updated: February 3, 2006, 5:49 PM ET
Associated Press

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 merger.

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.

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