Petco Park is a baseball park located in the downtown area of San Diego, California, United States, that is home to the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). In addition to baseball, the park also is used as venue for concerts, soccer, golf, and rugby sevens. Petco Park is named after the San Diego-based pet supplies retailer Petco, which paid for the naming rights until 2026. The ballpark is between Seventh and 10th avenues, south of J Street. The park opened in 2004, replacing Qualcomm Stadium, which the Padres shared with the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).
Opening Day at the park, April 6, 2009
|Address||19 Tony Gwynn Drive|
|Location||San Diego, California|
|Public transit|| San Diego Trolley:|
at 12th & Imperial Transit Center
San Diego Trolley:
at Gaslamp Quarter
at Santa Fe Depot
|Owner||City of San Diego: 70%, San Diego Padres: 30%|
|Field size||Left field Line – 334 feet (102 m)|
Left field – 357 feet (109 m)
Left field alley – 390 feet (119 m)
Center field – 396 feet (121 m)
Right field alley – 391 feet (119 m)
Right field – 382 feet (116 m)
Right field line – 322 feet (98 m)
|Surface||BullsEye Bermuda (Grass)|
|Broke ground||May 3, 2000|
|Opened||April 8, 2004|
|Construction cost||$450 million|
($597 million in 2018 Dollars)
|Architect||Populous (then HOK Sport)|
Antoine Predock (design)
Spurlock Poirier (landscape)
ROMA (urban planning)
Heritage Architecture & Planning (Historic Preservation)
|Project manager||JMI Sports, LLC.|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Services engineer||M–E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||San Diego BallPark Builders (a joint venture of Clark Construction Group Inc., Nielsen Dillingham Builders Inc. And Douglas E. Barnhart Inc.)|
|San Diego Padres (MLB) (2004–present)|
The southern side of the stadium is bounded by San Diego Trolley light rail tracks along the north side of Harbor Drive (which serve the adjacent San Diego Convention Center). The portion of K Street between Seventh and 10th now is closed to automobiles and serves as a pedestrian promenade along the back of the left and center field outfield seating (and also provides access to the Park at the Park behind center field). Two of the stadium's outfield entrance areas are located at K Street's intersections with Seventh and 10th avenues. The main entrance, behind home plate, is at the south end of Park Boulevard (at Imperial) and faces the San Diego Trolley station 12th & Imperial Transit Center. The ballpark is also located approximately 1 mile (1.61 km) away from Santa Fe Depot station, which is served by Amtrak and Coaster.
- 1 History
- 2 Notable events
- 3 Media
- 4 Features and design
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The ballpark was constructed by San Diego Ballpark Builders, a partnership with Clark Construction, ROEL Construction and Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc. The construction cost of more than $450 million was partially funded by the Center City Development Corporation and the San Diego Redevelopment Agency. The stadium was intended to be part of a comprehensive plan to revitalize San Diego's aging downtown, particularly the East Village area. The stadium is across Harbor Drive from the San Diego Convention Center, and its main entrance behind home plate is two blocks from the downtown terminal of the San Diego Trolley light rail system. When the field was finished, the first home plate was placed by young San Diego native Marlon Cook, who was selected through the Boys & Girls Club of Memorial Park for his exceptional community involvement.
The ballpark was scheduled to open for the 2002 season; however, construction was suspended temporarily for legal and political reasons. Part of this was a court decision, which nullified an already passed ballot proposition (approving the city's portion of the stadium financing package), and required the proposition be put to voters a second time. Construction encountered a further delay regarding the Western Metal Supply Co. building, which was a historic landmark. After negotiations with the preservation community, the builders agreed to rehabilitate the building in accordance with The Secretary of the Interior's Standards, and the building was renovated and included in the stadium design in an example of adaptive reuse.
The resulting delays required the Padres to play the 2002 and 2003 seasons at Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium.
The first baseball game played at Petco Park, March 11, 2004, was part of a four-team NCAA invitational tournament hosted by San Diego State University. The San Diego State Aztecs baseball team, of which retired Padres player Tony Gwynn was the head coach, defeated Houston. It was the largest attended game in college baseball history. Lance Zawadzki recorded the first hit, when he hit a double.
On April 8, 2004, there was lighthearted pushing and shoving before the gates opened about 4 p.m., as numerous Padres faithful tried to be the first to enter Petco Park. Brent Walker, 17, had a distinction all to himself. "I'm very proud to be the first fan to come in", said Walker, who was wearing a San Francisco Giants jersey. The San Diego Padres played their first regular season game and defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 10 innings.
On April 15, 2004, Mark Loretta hit the first Padre home run off of Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was caught by Mike Hill, a bartender at the Kansas City Barbecue.
On April 17, 2008, the Padres and Rockies played in a 22-inning game, the longest game in Petco Park history. The Rockies won the game, 2-1. It was the longest MLB game in nearly 15 years.
On July 2, 2009, MLB experienced the first game delayed/halted by a swarm of bees at Petco Park in a game between the Padres and the Houston Astros. A small swarm of honeybees took up residence around a chair in left field, causing the game to be delayed by 52 minutes. A beekeeper was called in and the swarm was exterminated. The Astros went on to win that game, 7-2.
On June 14, 2010, during a Toronto Blue Jays vs. San Diego Padres game, there was a magnitude-5.7 earthquake, which was centered about 85 miles (137 km) east of San Diego. Play stopped momentarily in the eighth inning. The Blue Jays went on to win 6-3.
Rain delays led to the suspension of the Padres' game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 2011. The first delay caused the game to start 28 minutes late. Play then was stopped for more than 90 minutes in the second inning and again in the sixth inning for more than hour. The score was tied at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning when play was suspended at 1:40 a.m. PDT April 9. After a fourth rain delay, the game was finished April 9, with the Dodgers winning in 11 innings, 4-2.
The park hosted the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
In February 2007, Petco Park became the new host of the USA Sevens, a rugby union sevens event within the IRB Sevens World Series. Previous editions of the USA Sevens had been held at The Home Depot Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson. After the 2009 edition, the event moved to Las Vegas.
From January 31 through February 2 in 2014, Petco Park's left-center field temporarily was converted into a red clay tennis court for the Davis Cup tie between United States and Great Britain.
Since 2015, Petco Park has partnered with Callaway Golf Company to open a par-3 nine-hole golf course within the stadium the first week of each November. The holes are built within the outfield while many of the tees are in the upper decks of the stadium.
On December 7, 2015, Petco Park hosted its first college basketball game between the San Diego Toreros and the San Diego State Aztecs as part of the Bill Walton Basketball Festival held in San Diego.
|December 6, 2015||San Diego State||48-53||San Diego||10,086|
On January 25, 2017, following the relocation of the Chargers NFL franchise to Los Angeles, it was announced that exploratory discussions were taking place regarding the possibility of playing the Holiday Bowl at Petco Park in future years.
|Date||Artist||Opening act(s)||Tour / Concert name||Attendance||Revenue||Notes|
|November 11, 2005||The Rolling Stones||Toots and the Maytals||A Bigger Bang||$4,778,636||$5,956,083||First concert at Petco Park.|
|December 1, 2007||Fall Out Boy||Gym Class Heroes
Plain White T's
Cute Is What We Aim For
|Young Wild Things Tour||—||—|
|November 4, 2008||Madonna||Paul Oakenfold||Sticky & Sweet Tour||35,743 / 35,743||$5,097,515||This marked the first time in 23 years that Madonna brought a tour to San Diego since The Virgin Tour in 1985.|
|October 28, 2011||Avicii
|September 28, 2014||Paul McCartney||—||Out There Tour||45,352 / 45,352||$4,968,567||This marked his first official appearance in San Diego since performing with Wings at the San Diego Sports Arena in 1976.|
|May 24, 2015||The Rolling Stones||Gary Clark Jr.||Zip Code Tour||40,944 / 40,944||$8,465,082|
|June 10, 2015||Aerosmith||—||Blue Army Tour||—||—||This concert was a private Cisco event.|
|August 29, 2015||Taylor Swift||Vance Joy
|The 1989 World Tour||44,710 / 44,710||$5,475,237||OMI and Avril Lavigne were special guests.|
|May 14, 2016||Billy Joel||—||Billy Joel in Concert||42,322 / 42,322||$4,778,636|
|August 6, 2017||Metallica||Avenged Sevenfold
Mix Master Mike
|WorldWired Tour||43,491 / 43,491||$4,846,411|
|September 22, 2018||Eagles||Zac Brown Band
The Doobie Brothers
|An Evening With The Eagles 2018||—||—|
|September 23, 2018||Def Leppard
|Cheap Trick||Def Leppard & Journey 2018 Tour||34,300 / 37,999||$2,526,226|
|June 12, 2019||Foo Fighters
|—||—||—||—||This concert was a private Cisco event.|
|June 22, 2019||Paul McCartney||—||Freshen Up||40,224 / 40,224||$6,017,239|
|July 24, 2020||Green Day
Fall Out Boy
|The Interrupters||Hella Mega Tour||TBA||TBA|
Petco Park can be seen and can even be entered in the video game Midnight Club 3 in the city of San Diego.
Petco Park and Fenway Park were visibly fused together to create "Greenway Park" in Call of Duty Ghosts.
During stadium construction, the Padres offered fans the chance to purchase bricks outside of the concourse and to dedicate them. PETA tried to purchase a brick to protest Petco's treatment of animals (PETA and Petco have a long-standing dispute over this matter), but the first two attempts were denied. Undeterred, PETA succeeded on its third attempt by purchasing a brick, which read "Break Open Your Cold Ones Toast The Padres Enjoy This Champion Organization." When one reads the first letter of each word, it forms an acrostic which reads "BOYCOTT PETCO." The Padres decided to leave the brick, saying not enough people walking by would notice the secret meaning.
Features and designEdit
Petco Park differentiates itself from many other Major League ballparks built in the same era by eschewing "retro"-style red brick and green seats. The stadium is clad in Indian sandstone and stucco; its exposed steel is painted white and the 40,209 fixed seats are dark blue. The design is meant to evoke the sandy color of San Diego cliffs and beaches, the blue of the ocean, and the white sails of boats on the nearby bay.
Architects Populous (née HOK Sport) and Antoine Predock's design pulled restaurants, administrative offices and other amenities away from the seating bowl itself into other buildings surrounding the bowl. As a result, the ballpark's concourses are open not only to the playing field but also to the surrounding city. Unlike many outdoor ballparks, in which the batter faces northeast, at Petco the batter faces due north, and fans in the grandstands are treated to a view of San Diego Bay and the San Diego skyline beyond the left field seats, as well as a view of Balboa Park, which contains the San Diego Zoo, beyond center field. The San Diego Union-Tribune honored the ballpark in 2006 with an Orchid award for its design.
Petco Park's official address is 19 Tony Gwynn Way, in honor of the eight-time National League batting champion who wore that uniform number during his major league career. A 10-foot (3.0 m) statue of Gwynn was unveiled July 21, 2007, on the stadium grounds. On August 18, 2018, a statue of National League Saves Leader and longtime Padre Trevor Hoffman was unveiled along K Street behind the bullpen, facing Gwynn's statue.
The Park at the Park, a grassy berm sloping above the outfield fence, is open during games, allowing fans to sit and watch games for $10. When no games are being played, the Park at the Park serves as a free local park for area residents. An unusual feature Petco Park once had was that the home team bullpen was located behind the center field wall while the bullpen for the visiting team was in foul territory in right field. However, both bullpens were moved behind the center field wall after modifications to the ballpark were made prior to the start of the 2013 season. As of the 2012 season, the Park at the Park area also plays host to a semi-permanent stage used by the Padres' new broadcaster, Fox Sports San Diego, for pre-game and post-game programming.
Installed for the 2015 season, the centerpiece of the latest phase of Petco Park renovations is the state-of-the-art left-field HD videoboard manufactured by Daktronics. Measuring 61.2 ft. tall by 123.6 ft. wide, the new videoboard is nearly five times the size of the previous board and is, as of 2016, Major League Baseball's fifth-largest (behind Cleveland, Seattle, Kansas City, and Atlanta) and the National League's second-largest (edging out Philadelphia). The Padres can show full-screen live game action, video replays, or fan prompts or split the screen into sections for statistical information, graphics, and animations.
In addition to the left-field display, the Padres installed LED ribbon boards stretching nearly 750 ft. along the first- and third-base lines on the Toyota Terrace level, as well as 130 ft. of ribbon boards on the left-field grandstand.
The Padres also added eight mini scoreboards located under overhangs in the seating bowl on the field level, along with new 60-in. Sony TVs in the same areas, to give fans seated in the back of those sections better views.
To support the new HD videoboards, the Padres partnered with Sony and Diversified Systems on an HD control room. Located on the press level on the third-base side, the control room houses a Sony MVS8000x switcher, ChyronHego graphics servers, Click Effects CrossFire servers, and Evertz router, DreamCatcher replay servers, and terminal gear. The team will deploy a complement of Sony HSC300 cameras and two wireless roving cameras while it considers additional models for 4K acquisition.
The Western Metal Supply Co. building, a hundred-year-old brick structure that had been scheduled for demolition to make way for Petco Park, was saved and incorporated into the design of the ballpark. The building was renovated and contains the team store, private suites, a restaurant and rooftop seating. The southeast corner of the building serves as the left field foul pole, and is protected by a strip of bright yellow angle iron.
Fans in concession stands, in bars, restaurants or wandering the stands can watch the action on 244 high-definition TV monitors and an additional 500 standard-definition TVs. More than 500 computer-controlled speakers throughout the park deliver the sound as a "distributed signal", eliminating the audio delay from a central bank of speakers, such as the system at Qualcomm Stadium. Four stationary cameras, one roving camera and use of six Cox-TV cameras provide videos for the park's screens.
Every time the Padres hit a home run and/or win the game, a ship's whistle is sounded and fireworks are shot off in center field. Beginning with the 2011 season, four torches were added to the center field wall that light up when the Padres hit a home run and/or win the game. The ship's whistle is a recording of the whistle of the Navy's USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear aircraft carrier that was ported in San Diego. However, the USS Ronald Reagan was officially ported in Bremerton, Washington, on January 10, 2012, to undergo repairs that took approximately 12 months.
There are a total of 5,000 club seats and 58 luxury suites at the ballpark.
Petco Park has been described as being an "extreme pitcher's park". During the 2005–06 offseason, Padres CEO Sandy Alderson adjusted the dimensions in right-center field in an attempt to make it more hitter friendly. At the end of the 2008 season, Petco Park ranked 29th in hits and 30th out of 30 in home runs per Major League ballpark.
Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, the Padres announced that they were moving the fences in to make this ballpark more favorable to hitters than it had been previously. The left-center field wall was moved in from 402 feet to 390 feet, the right-center field wall was moved from 411 feet to 391 feet, and the right field wall was moved in from 360 feet to 349 feet. In addition, the visiting team bullpen was moved from foul territory in right field to behind the left-center field wall, right behind where the Padres bullpen is. The right field wall was also lowered from 11 feet to 8 feet, and the out-of-town scoreboard was relocated.
After the conclusion of the 2014 season, more renovations to the park commenced. These include a new HD video board, slight changes to the distance to the left-field fence, and removal of some seats in the middle deck (which were replaced with standing-room seating). The alterations, including the new video board, were completed by Opening Day 2015.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Petco Park.|
- Stadium site on padres.com
- High Resolution Aerial Photo of Petco Park
- Official website
- Petco Park Seating Chart
- Petco Park Insider: Guide to Padres games at Petco Park
- The Official Site of the San Diego Padres
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