Comcast SportsNet and the San Francisco Giants present "Authentic Opening Day," free season opener viewing party

Comcast SportsNet and the San Francisco Giants present "Authentic Opening Day," free season opener viewing party
March 17, 2014, 10:15 am
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COMCAST SPORTSNET AND THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS PRESENT

“AUTHENTIC OPENING DAY,” FREE SEASON OPENER VIEWING PARTY

MONDAY, MARCH 31 AT AT&T PARK

Gates at Willie Mays Plaza Open at 5:30 P.M. 

“Yahoo SportsTalk Live” at 5 P.M., “Giants Pregame Live” at 6 P.M. & Giants/Diamondbacks

Telecast Live at 6:30 P.M. on AT&T Park’s HD Diamond Vision Scoreboard 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 17, 2014) – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (@CSNAuthentic), the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” and the San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) invite all Bay Area sports fans to “Authentic Opening Day,” a free viewing party at AT&T Park on Monday, March 31. The Giants open the 2014 season on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks with 2013 N.L. All-Star Madison Bumgarner on the mound for his first Opening Day start.

The party begins with “Yahoo SportsTalk Live” (5 p.m.) and “Giants Pregame Live” (6 p.m.) shown on the AT&T Park HD Diamond Vision scoreboard, featuring live coverage between the festivities at AT&TPark and Chase Field in Arizona. The pregame show will be followed by the live telecast of the Giants’ 2014 season opener from Arizona at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free to the public and fans can enter at the Willie Mays Plaza gates beginning at 5:30 p.m.

[RELATED: Authentic Opening Day page]

The first 5,000 fans will receive a coupon for a free hot dog and “Authentic Giants Fan” cheer cards and the first 3,000 fans will receive a free Comcast SportsNet “Authentic Giants Fan” pennant.  The 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies will be on display at “Authentic Opening Day” and fans will have the opportunity to take pictures with the trophies.

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Details regarding “Authentic Opening Day” Viewing Party at AT&T Park:

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014

AT&T Park Gates Open: 5:30 p.m. Enter at Willie Mays Plaza only.

Promotional Items: First 5,000 fans will receive a coupon for a free hot dog and “Authentic Giants Fan” cheer cards. The first 3,000 fans will receive a free Comcast SportsNet “Authentic Giants Fan” pennant. The 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies will also be on display for fan photos.  

“Yahoo SportsTalk Live” (5 p.m.) and “Giants Pregame Live” (6 p.m.)  will be shown live on the AT&T Park scoreboard.

Giants/Diamondbacks Game Telecast (6:30 p.m.):The Giants season opener will be shown live on the AT&T Park scoreboard.

For more event details, visit CSNBayArea.com and SFGiants.com; Facebook.com/CSNBayArea and Facebook.com/Giants; and follow @CSNAuthentic and @SFGiants on Twitter.

About Comcast SportsNet Bay Area:

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consist of 12 regional networks that deliver more than 2,400 live sporting events annually, along with award-winning breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and original programming to more than 50 million homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. For more information, visit ComcastSportsNet.com. For more information about NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

About the San Francisco Giants:

One of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball, the 132-year old franchise moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958.  After playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and CandlestickPark, the team moved to the privately constructed AT&TPark in 2000.  The organization is widely recognized for its innovative business practices and baseball excellence.  In 2010, the franchise was named the Sports Organization of the Year by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and in 2012 was named Organization of the Year by Baseball America.

Since opening its gates, AT&TPark has become internationally-renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment.  On the diamond, more than 43 million spectators have witnessed a number of magical moments, including two World Series Championships (2010 & 2012) and five playoff appearances.  On June 13, 2012, the first-ever Perfect Game was thrown by Giants ace Matt Cain.  In 2008, the Giants celebrated the team’s 50th year in San Francisco and it was the center of the baseball universe when it hosted the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 10, 2007.  AT&TPark 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. 

Off the field, the Giants have one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports, becoming the first team to implement a 100 percent participation program, involving every player, coach and uniformed staff member in at least one community project throughout the season.  Through its community outreach programs, the Giants and the Giants Community Fund work with corporate and non-profit partners to raise awareness, educate and generate interest in a variety of issues important to both their fans and community including education/literacy, violence prevention, health and youth recreation and fitness.

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