|Petco Park / San Diego Padres|
|Page 2: Living Large|
|Page 3: Concessions and More|
Petco Park is large scale in a number of ways. Padres sluggers are not especially enamored with the ballpark’s dimensions, especially when they glance at the extreme power allies. While straightaway center is a reachable 396 feet, the power allies extend to 402 in left and a whopping 411 in right. These are especially challenging distances for a near sea-level ballpark, but it all works at Petco Park, perhaps the most underrated ballpark in the majors.
FAST FACTSYear Opened: 2004
Capacity: 42,455 (plus about 2,500 Park at the Park standing room)
Architect: Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
Dimensions: 334L, 367LC, 396C, 387RC, 322R
Playing Surface: Grass
Ticket Prices: Terrace Infield $62; Premier Club, $69; Terrace Reserved $47; Field Boxes $50; Field Reserved $30; Upper Boxes $28; Left Field Upper Boxes $28; Right Field Lower Boxes $28; Left Field Lower Boxes $28; Right Field Lower Boxes $28; Upper Infield Reserved $23; Upper Reserved $19; Left Field Reserved $15; Right Field Upper Reserved $14; Bleachers $9; Park Pass $5
View seating chart here!
League: National League
Parking: Fans have a choice when it comes to the price and location of parking, but the locations between Petco and the popular Gaslamp Quarter tend to be pricey. More than 27,000 parking spaces are available in the general area with 11,000 designated specifically for Petco Park fans at prices from $3, $5, $8, and $10 depending on proximity to the ballpark. Premium parking is also available directly adjacent to the ballpark for $17. Fans should choose a parking location based upon the direction they’ll be heading after the game. Public transportation at Petco (several bus lines and the trolley) is readily available and encouraged, but San Diego fans have been slow to embrace alternatives.
Address/Directions: 100 Park Blvd., San Diego. For fans traveling by car, four major thoroughfares feed into and out of downtown in all directions: Pacific Highway, Interstate 5, State Route 163 and State Route 94/Martin Luther King Freeway. In addition, eight freeway on- and off-ramps service the area immediately around the ballpark.
Written by: Jim Robins
Considering that Petco Park nearly failed to reach construction phase due to strong community opposition and scandal, the ballpark has overcome some significant challenges to climb the ladder of success, although promised development surrounding the ballpark remains something of an uncertainty.
The project had been rocked by court challenges, a city council scandal and a two-year completion delay. This isn’t surprising, considering the unprecedented scale of redevelopment associated with the Petco Park project. When San Diego voters overwhelmingly approved the ballpark plan in 1998, they endorsed creation of an ambitious 26-block Ballpark Redevelopment District near the city convention center and an already resurgent Gaslamp Quarter. The referendum approval cemented a long-term, large-scale development partnership between the City of San Diego and JMI Realty –- the development arm of Padres owner John Moores.
It is hard to argue with the clear evidence of success. During our late-summer 2005 visit, we saw no less than five super-sized cranes operating within two blocks of the ballpark. We were told that at other times even more construction activity can be seen in the ballpark district. In fact, city redevelopment officials expect the "ancillary development" around Petco Park to produce no less than $1.4 billion in investments involving more than 30 projects within the ballpark's large redevelopment zone. However, by late 2005 announcement of a scale-back in ballpark district housing development plans created a stir at city hall.
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