Petco Park, located in downtown San Diego, is the home of the San Diego
Padres of the National League Western Division, which replaced the former home
of the Padres, which was shared with the NFL San Diego Chargers, Qualcomm
stadium. The park, Petco, is named after the animal and pet store supplies
retailer, which is based in San Diego.
The construction of the park, which was to be completed for the beginning
of the 2002 season, was plagued by construction delays, which forced the Padres
to play their games in Qualcomm stadium for not only the 2002 season,
but also the 2003 baseball season.
A. Political wrangling and legal questions immediately began to become a problem when a court nullified a ballot proposition which authorized the city to allocate funds for their portion of the stadium financing. Although the voters had approved the proposal once, they were forced to vote on it again.
B. The Western Metal Supply Company building, which was to be razed for the
construction, was declared a Historical Landmark, which stopped it being
demolished. Numerous court hearings finally decided the buildings only part
which was of historical value was the exterior. The building was renovated and
included in the stadium’s design ending the legal fuss.
Petco Park designers went the extra mile in creating a ball park which blended in and represented the natural beauty of the area it was in. The exterior of the facility is Indian sandstone and stucco, All exposed steel is painted white and the seats are colored Blue. The design is to represent the sandy color of San Diego’s cliffs and beaches, the White is to resemble the white sails of the boats on the bay, and the Blue to represent the Ocean.
One unique feature of the park is the location of concession stands and similar
facilities. Instead of locating vending areas in the concourse, these
facilities, as well as numerous restaurants, cafes, specialty shops and others,
are located in building connected to the outside of the stadium. This enables
the concourses to be open rather than enclosed and offers a panoramic view of San
Diego Bay, Balboa Park, home of the San Diego Zoo, and the city’s’ skyline.
The fore mentioned Western Metal Supply Company was renovated and serves as the Teams’ store, private suites, a restaurant and offers rooftop seats for watching the game. The Southeast corner of the building serves as left field foul pole and is protected by steel angle iron painted yellow.
Another unusual feature is the location of the bullpens. The Home Team’s bullpen is located behind the left field wall, while the visitors’ bullpen is located in foul territory also along the first base side.
The Petco Park has been classified as Extremely Pitcher Friendly as it is ranked 29th out of 30 in hits allowed and 30th out of 30 in home runs allowed.
While construction was being
done, as a marketing gimmick the Padres offered bricks for sale which would be
placed in the concourse and could be dedicated to anyone.
Soon after this offer, PETA, an animal human rights group which has had several issues with Petco, attempted twice to purchase a brick, but were denied. Undaunted, PETA continued its attempts until they were finally successful. The brick states “Break Open Your Cold Ones Toast The Padres Enjoy This Championship Organization.
“Boycott Petco” The Padres decided to leave the brick in place.
Location: 19 Tony Wynn Drive San
Broke Ground: May 3, 2000
Stadium Opened: April 8, 2004
Playing Surface: Bullseye Bermuda Grass
Construction Cost: $450 million
Seating Capacity: 45,496 + standing room only
Left Field Line - 334 feet
Left Field - 367 feet
Left Field Power Alley - 401 feet
Center Field - 396 feet
Right Center Field Power Alley - 400 feet
Right Field - 382 feet
Right Field Line: - 322 feet