Useless thoughts on the exciting world of America's favorite past time.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
San Diego- Petco Park
Year Built: 2004
Surface: Bulls Eye Bermuda Grass
Cost to Build: $450 million
Overall Grade: A
Return Someday: Yes
Ah San Diego...such a fantastic city with nearly year-round
perfect weather, and easy going friendly people. Petco Park is located on Tony
Gwynn Way right in the heart of beautiful downtown San Diego's Gaslamp
District. This is a very nice
venue to enjoy a Padres game. I
often will drive down to this ballpark to catch a game when the Giants are in
town, as this is a much safer alternative compared to the other southern
California NL stadium. Padres fans
are much like Angels fans, very mellow.
This ball park is very fan friendly. There is a great kids' area where the young fans can play in
the sand box just outside the outfield fence or play wiffle ball on the mini
diamond in the park. It is very
safe to attend these games as a visiting fan wearing your team's gear. In fact, this was where I brought my
daughter for her first MLB game.
She has a blast every time we visit this stadium. It is always a really
cool treat to see the Padres honor the military and wear their camo uniforms. The surrounding area is
full of shops, restaurants, hotels, and bars. There are tons of public transportation options with the San
Diego Trolley stop right outside the stadium making getting around the city
very convenient. The ticket prices
are decent and it is very easy to
be able to walk up to the ticket window and purchase your tickets the day of
the game, since it seems like they never sell out. The food options are
good. I really like the inside
nacho bar area on the 2nd floor.
Big portions and reasonably priced. The design of the stadium pays homage to San Diego's
culture & history. The sand colored walls
represent the beaches, the light towers symbolize the bell towers of the
California Missions, and the all brick original Western Metal building is a cool
addition to the left field area. The priceless view beyond the outfield walls
is of the San Diego bay and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Do yourself a favor and
make it out to this extremely friendly stadium!