Posted by: BayAreaComRE | October 27, 2010

What the World Series Means to San Francisco

AT&T Park

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last two months, you are well aware that today is the opening game of the 2010 World Series. It’s hard to say how much the World Series has and will benefit the city of San Francisco, and the surrounding Bay Area. Some analysts are saying that the additional revenue to the city will top $400M over the next year due to additional tourism, stimulation to local restaurants, bars and shops, and hotel bookings. The more exciting element to the World Series is the energy it has brought to the people of San Francisco. This years’ team is full of misfits, outcasts and underdogs, not unlike the management of the team. Brian Sabean has slowly built this team, not on the shoulders of a superstar bat, but on the careful piecing together of a solid “team-centric” roster. From NLCS MVP Cody “Smiley” Ross, to Pat “The Bat” Burrell, to Buster Posey and crazy Brian “Weezy” Wilson, the lineup is truly a testament to manufactured and patient team development.

And to think, the development almost didn’t happen. “The Giants asked voters four times for public funds to help build a new park, but failed each time. A 1989 initiative looked like a sure thing, but the Loma Prieta earthquake hit three weeks before the November election and ruined any chance of passage. At that point the Giants, under the direction of an ownership group headed by Peter Magowan, decided to finance the park by themselves. (SF Chronicle)”  Now, on the international stage as one of the most beautiful sports arenas in the world, San Franciscans can have pride that their hidden gem will be appreciated by millions of spectators over the next week and half and beyond. Nearly a third of all new housing in San Francisco from 2000 to 2010 has come from the area surrounding the ballpark, and once unwalkable and dangerous areas of SoMa like South Park and Mission Bay are now bustling business and commerce centers.

Esteemed Baseball writer Peter Gammon’s once said “It’s hard to say what’s best about AT&T Park, except that it is San Francisco. The view from the worst seats in the house still gives you a view of the Bay Bridge and the marina. As great as Camden Yards, Turner Field, The Jake and Coors Field are, this is the best fan’s ballpark because it was conceived, built and paid for by Giants owner Peter Magowan, a legitimate baseball fan.”

The World Series means a lot of things to San Francisco, but most of all, it solidifies this town as an international force capable of overcoming insurmountable challenges. It’s days like these that help us appreciate being a part of such an amazing community in the Bay Area. We wish the Giants the best of luck this World Series!

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