When it was built in 2000, AT&T Park was seen as the crown jewel of modern ballparks, taking elements from fan-friendly parks such as the Ballpark at Arlington, Camden Yards in Baltimore, and even historical landmarks like Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Fenway Park.
It was the first privately-financed park since Dodger Stadium in 1962, and as a result was basically a private venture of a very, very rich baseball fan.
Peter Magowan's final proposal for Pac-Bell Park (as it was originally known) pretty much saved the Giants from being the first team to move from the West Coast to the East Coast, where St. Petersburg was already licking their chops for a Major League franchise.
So the rundown China Basin on the San Francisco waterfront was transformed into a premier yard, one that oozed luxury compared to the hardy confines of Candlestick Park.
Every seat has a good view, and even the standing room only spots in the right field archways put fans right on field level.
Add in little attractions like McCovey Cove, the high right-field brick wall, Triples Alley, the Coca-Cola bottle, the huge glove situated 501 feet from home plate, and even the Chevron cars in left field, and the park creates intricacies and situations that cannot be duplicated in other parks.
The 50 splash hits are unique.
Playing outfield in the vast expanse is hard.
Randy Winn and Moises Alou made playing the brick wall look easy, but there have been a fair share of visiting right fielders who have no idea what to do.
There have also been some special things that have happened within ten years of the park opening.
2001 saw Bonds hit his 500th and 71st home run at home, as well as his 600th in 2002, his 661st to pass Mays, his 700th against Jake Peavy in 2004, and finally number 756 in 2007.
He also had his 500th steal at home in 2003. That's just for Bonds alone.
There has also been a 300th win (albeit at the mercy of Greg Maddux), a no-hitter (Jonathan Sanchez), an All-Star Game (2007), an inside-the-park home run at the All-Star Game (courtesy of Ichiro), and the most memorable save of the manager's son in baseball (thanks, Darren Baker).
In more recent years, AT&T has opened up to hosting events such as the Emerald Bowl, Icer Air, and Motocross, as well as acting as the part-time home field for the California Redwoods of the UFL. They've hosted Green Day, The Police, and numerous other bands.
The park has gone through name changes, from Pacific Bell Park the day it opened, to SBC Park, and finally to the current AT&T moniker it bears right now.
Yet there are so many things about this park that make it timeless, from the statues of Giants greats (Mays, McCovey, Marichal) that surround the stadium to the glove in left field that may never be reached.
Every fan needs somewhere to enjoy their team, and AT&T Park is the best place to do just that.