San Jose unveils stadium upgrades

Municipal Stadium improves field, expands VIP deck

By San Jose Giants | April 4, 2013 11:18 AM ET

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Giants unveiled today a number of improvements to Municipal Stadium designed to enhance player development and fan experience at the ballpark. Built in 1942, Municipal Stadium has been a place for families to gather and watch professional baseball for more than 70 years, serving as the home for top San Francisco Giants prospects since 1988.

During the offseason, the organization reinvested in the field. Players will benefit from a redesigned home bullpen, along with an upgraded warning track and redone infield. Each of these enhancements will make Municipal Stadium one of the best fields to play on in all of Minor League Baseball.

"We are committed to giving San Jose Giants players the tools and amenities they need to develop into major leaguers," said Lance Motch, San Jose Giants vice president of ballpark operations. "These improvements further that mission, and are extremely important upgrades."

Fans visiting Municipal Stadium will notice significant improvements to amenities all around the ballpark, especially as they enter the gates and look up to see former San Jose players who have become San Francisco Giants. When walking through the concourse and taking their seats they will find a resealed stadium bowl. Fans in the bowl will also enjoy increased shade on the first base side, courtesy of a newly installed awning. When fans get hungry, they will enjoy ordering food and beverages from the completely redesigned concession stands and beverage deck. For groups, the Martinelli's VIP Deck has been expanded so that it can accommodate five parties of up to 40 people each, or one party of up to 200.

"This marks the eighth consecutive season that major improvements have been invested to enhance the fan experience at Municipal Stadium," said Daniel Orum, San Jose Giants president and CEO. "Together with the City of San Jose, we have worked extremely hard to upgrade our historic stadium and ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy professional baseball in the South Bay."

The San Jose Giants begin their 2013 season on Thursday, April 4 at Visalia with the home opener scheduled for Thursday, April 11 against the Rawhide. The Giants will also feature home games on Mother's Day (May 12), Memorial Day (May 27), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (September 2). On June 18, for the first time ever, Municipal Stadium will host the 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game. Season and individual game tickets are available for purchase online at, over the phone at (408) 297-1435 and in person at the Municipal Stadium Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The San Jose Giants are a professional baseball team in the Class A Advanced California League. The team has been affiliated with the San Francisco Giants since 1988 and has boasted one of the best records in the Minor Leagues after partnering with the big league club. San Jose has won six California League Championships as a Giants affiliate (2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2001 and 1998) and 11 overall. In 25 seasons, the San Jose Giants have graduated 155 Major League players, 110 of whom have played or currently play for the San Francisco Giants. The San Jose Giants have played in historic Municipal Stadium for 70 years. The Giants won back-to-back league championships in 2009 and 2010, and are also the first team in California League history to have won four titles over a six-year span. For tickets please contact the San Jose Giants box office at (408) 297-1435 or visit us online at


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