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March 1, 2011
By Jane Tors
The San Francisco Giants, 2010 World Champions, know their legion of fans extends across the Sierra Nevada and northern Nevada. As a gesture of appreciation, the San Francisco Giants organization is sending its World Championship Trophy to the University of Nevada, Reno campus where it will be available for free, public viewing 5 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 8 in the Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom.
Free parking will be available for this event on the sixth floor of the West Stadium Parking Complex, off North Virginia Street and just north of the 15th Street intersection, beginning at 3 p.m.
Fans will be able to view the trophy on a first-come, first-served basis, and have their photo taken with the trophy by an official Giants' photographer. Photos can be purchased online after the event. Fans will be able to use their personal cameras as they are approaching the trophy, but not for a posed photo with the trophy. This policy has been established to provide the opportunity for as many fans as possible to view the trophy during the scheduled time period.
"For more than 52 years, our dedicated fans have supported us through thick and thin," said Giants Managing General Partner and CEO Bill Neukom. "The trophy belongs to them as much as it belongs to us, and we want to thank our fans by extending the World Champions celebration throughout Giants country."
The World Champions Trophy Tour began Jan. 4 at San Francisco's City Hall. Days later, on Jan. 9, the Nevada Wolf Pack football team took the field at AT&T Park, home of the Giants and site of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. It is estimated that more than 25,000 Nevada fans made the trek to the game to see the Wolf Pack defeat Boston College 20-13.
The trophy has visited communities across California, with an average of about 1,500 people turning out to see it during each two-hour viewing period.
After stopping in Reno, the Trophy Tour will go to Tahoe City where the trophy will be on display at Alpine Meadows Lodge 12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9. It will continue its northern California tour throughout March and return to San Francisco in time for the Giants' home opener at AT&T Park on Friday, April 8. It will also visit Troy, N.Y., where the team was originally founded, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The complete schedule and World Champions Trophy Tour details can be found on the San Francisco Giants website.