Last Wednesday (Oct. 29), the San Francisco Giants were named Major League Baseball's 2014 World Series Champions, clinching their third Series in five years by defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a thrilling Game 7 win.
Led by the record-breaking performance of Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, the Giants became just the second National League team to win three World Series in five years, and the first since the 1940s.
Their historic performance makes the case that a new dynasty has been established at AT&T Park.
AT&T Park leading the way in sustainable design
Home to games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2014 Series, AT&T Park has witnessed its fair share of historic moments. Most notably on Aug. 7, 2007, when Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run to break Hank Aaron's 31-year old record of most career home runs.
In April 2010, the stadium also made history by becoming the first Major League ballpark to receive LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings, Operation and Maintenance.
At the time, Jorge Costa, senior vice president of ballpark operations for the Giants, equated this success with winning the pennant and vowed to continue to push for further innovation at the park:
"Receiving LEED Silver Certification for an existing building is like winning the pennant. It's a huge accomplishment... [T]his is an evergreen process, and we won't stop refining and reevaluating our sustainability and efficiency practices until we get to the Gold or Platinum level, or in other words, win the World Series."
The Giants are helping lead the way in sustainable design for professional sports. Several of the park's features that contributed to its LEED certification are also historic achievements. For example, AT&T Park became the first ballpark in the nation to install a solar energy system, which provides up to 122 kilowatts of renewable energy for customers in the Bay Area, and the first ballpark to offer publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging stations.
With a seating capacity of over 41,000 and home to one of baseball's best fan bases, over 3 million people visit the park each year and experience first-hand the benefits of the park's sustainable features and breathtaking views of the Bay Area.
Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for their leadership on and off the field—and good luck next season!