Petco Park

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). The park opened in 2004, replacing Qualcomm Stadium, which the Padres shared with the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). Petco Park is named after the San Diego-based pet supplies retailer Petco, which paid for the naming rights until 2026. In addition to baseball, the park also is used as venue for concerts, soccer, golf, and rugby sevens.

The ballpark is between Seventh and 10th avenues, south of J Street. 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.

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Opening Day at the park, April 6, 2009
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Address19 Tony Gwynn Drive
LocationSan Diego, California
Coordinates32°42′26″N 117°09′24″W / 32.7073°N 117.1566°WCoordinates: 32°42′26″N 117°09′24″W / 32.7073°N 117.1566°W
Public transitMTS Trolley icon.svg San Diego Trolley:
San Diego Trolley Silver Line.svg Silver Line
San Diego Trolley Green Line.svg Green Line
San Diego Trolley Orange Line.svg Orange Line
San Diego Trolley Blue Line.svg Blue Line
at 12th & Imperial Transit Center
MTS Trolley icon.svg San Diego Trolley:
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at Gaslamp Quarter
Amtrak Amtrak
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at Santa Fe Depot
OwnerCity of San Diego: 70%, San Diego Padres: 30%
OperatorPadres LP
Capacity40,209 (2017–present)[1]
40,162 (2016)[2]
41,164 (2015)[3]
42,302 (2014)[4]
42,524 (2013)[5]
42,691 (2008–2012)[6]
42,445 (2004–2007)[7]
Record attendance45,567[8]
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)
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SurfaceBullsEye Bermuda (Grass)
Construction
Broke groundMay 3, 2000[9]
OpenedApril 8, 2004
Construction cost$450 million
($597 million in 2018 Dollars[10])
ArchitectPopulous (then HOK Sport)
Antoine Predock (design)
Spurlock Poirier (landscape)
ROMA (urban planning)
Heritage Architecture & Planning (Historic Preservation)
Project managerJMI Sports, LLC.[11]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti[12]
Services engineerM–E Engineers, Inc.[13]
General contractorSan Diego BallPark Builders (a joint venture of Clark Construction Group Inc., Nielsen Dillingham Builders Inc. And Douglas E. Barnhart Inc.)
Tenants
San Diego Padres (MLB) (2004–present)

History

Construction

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Petco Park under construction in 2001.

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.[14] 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.

Baseball milestones

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.[15] 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.[16]

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.

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Petco Park centerfield scoreboard

The stadium's first playoff game came October 8, 2005. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres, 7-4, to finish off the three-game sweep of the 2005 NLDS.

On March 18 and 20, 2006, the ballpark hosted the semifinals and finals of the first World Baseball Classic. It also hosted second-round games of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

On April 4, 2006, Petco Park had its first rainout, postponing a Padres evening game against the San Francisco Giants.[17]

On August 4, 2007, Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run to tie Hank Aaron's record.

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.[18] The Astros went on to win that game, 7-2.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

On April 30, 2012, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun became the first player to hit three home runs in one game at the park. Braun finished the game 4-5 with three home runs and a triple.[22]

On July 13, 2013, Tim Lincecum threw the park's first no-hitter, for the visiting San Francisco Giants as they defeated the Padres, 9-0.

The park hosted the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Notable events

Other sports

Rugby

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.

Tennis

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.[23][24]

Motor sports

In January 2015, Petco Park hosted rounds of Monster Jam and AMA Supercross Championship, as a replacement for Qualcomm Stadium.[25][26]

Golf

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.[27] The holes are built within the outfield while many of the tees are in the upper decks of the stadium.

Basketball

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.[28]

Date Opponent Score Home Attendance
December 06, 2015 San Diego State 48-53 San Diego 10,086

Football

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.

Concerts

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
Doug
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
Deadmau5
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
Shawn Mendes
The 1989 World Tour 44,710 / 44,710 $5,475,237 OMI and Avril Lavigne were special guests.[29][30]
May 14, 2016 Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert 42,322 / 42,322 $4,778,636
August 6, 2017 Metallica Avenged Sevenfold
Gojira
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 TBA TBA
September 23, 2018 Def Leppard
Journey
Cheap Trick Def Leppard & Journey 2018 Tour TBA TBA

Other events

Season 11 auditions for the singing reality-television program American Idol were held Friday, July 8, 2011, at Petco Park.[31]

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American Idol auditions at Petco Park, July 8, 2011

In 2011, the Food Network filmed a "Chairman's Challenge" at Petco Park that was to air as part of Season 4, episode 2 of The Next Iron Chef.

Media

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Petco Park from the outside.

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.

PETA protest

During stadium construction, the Padres offered fans the chance to purchase bricks outside of the concourse and to dedicate them.

Soon after this, 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.[32]

Comic-Con International

Due to a lack of space in the Convention Center, Comic-Con International and other companies associated with entertainment have been allowed to host activities in Petco Park.[33]

Features and design

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The interior of Petco Park with the San Diego skyline (and ongoing downtown construction) in background.
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Petco Park, as seen from 1000 feet overhead

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.[34]

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.[35]

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.

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A view from a nearby building shows the Park at the Park (right) beyond the outfield fences.

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.[36] 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.[37]

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).[38] 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.

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The Western Metal Building as seen during a game.

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.[39] 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.[40] However, the USS Ronald Reagan was officially ported in Bremerton, Washington, on January 10, 2012, to undergo repairs that took approximately 12 months.[41]

There are a total of 5,000 club seats and 58 luxury suites at the ballpark.

Modifications

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.[42] 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.[43][44] 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.[45]

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.[46]

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External links

2004 San Diego Padres season

The 2004 San Diego Padres season was the 36th season in franchise history. It saw the club finish with a record of 87-75, the fifth most wins in franchise history. With the 87 wins, the Padres improved their win-loss record by 23 games over the 2003 season (64-98), the single largest improvement from one full season to the next in team history. The Padres also moved into their new home Petco Park, which drew a total of 3,016,752 fans to 81 home games, shattering all previous attendance marks.

2006 World Baseball Classic – Championship

The Championship Round of the 2006 World Baseball Classic was held at Petco Park, San Diego, California, United States from March 18 to 20, 2006.

Championship round was a single-elimination tournament. In the final, the team with the higher winning percentage of games in the tournament were to be the home team. If the teams competing in the final had identical winning percentages in the tournament, then World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) would conduct a coin flip or draw to determine the home team.

2009 World Baseball Classic

The 2009 World Baseball Classic was an international baseball competition. It began on March 5 and finished March 23.

Unlike in 2006, when the round-robin format of the first two rounds led to some eliminations being decided by run-difference tiebreakers, the first two rounds of the 2009 edition were modified double-elimination format. The modification was that the final game of each bracket was winner-take-all, even if won by the team emerging from the loser's bracket, although that game only affected seeding, as two teams always advanced from each bracket.

The biggest surprise in the first round was the Netherlands, which twice defeated the Dominican Republic in Pool D to advance. The second round saw the two Pool A teams (South Korea and Japan) defeat the two Pool B teams (Cuba and Mexico) while the two Pool C teams (Venezuela and the United States) defeated the two Pool D teams (Puerto Rico and the Netherlands). South Korea and Japan then advanced to the final game, playing each other for the fifth time in the tournament (split 2–2 up to that time), and Japan emerged victorious for the second straight Classic, winning the final game 5–3 in 10 innings.

For the second straight Classic, Daisuke Matsuzaka was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

2009 World Baseball Classic – Pool 1

Pool 1 of the Second Round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic was held at Petco Park, San Diego, California, United States from March 15 to 19, 2009.

Like the first round, Pool 1 was a modified double-elimination tournament. The final two teams played against each other for seeding and both advanced to the semifinals.

2010 San Diego Padres season

The 2010 San Diego Padres season was the 42nd season in franchise history. On August 25, the Padres had a 6.5-game lead over the second-place San Francisco Giants, but ended up missing the playoffs as the Giants passed them in September. As of the close of the 2018 season, this was the last winning season for the Padres.

2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 87th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the San Diego Padres and was played at Petco Park on July 12, 2016. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 4–2 to win home field advantage for the 2016 World Series (which went to the Cleveland Indians). This was also the last time home-field advantage for the World Series was determined by the outcome of the All-Star Game.

The host city was announced on January 15, 2015, by then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. This was the third time the city of San Diego hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 1992.Eric Hosmer, an infielder for the Kansas City Royals, was named the 2016 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

Carne asada fries

Carne asada fries are a local specialty found on the menus of restaurants primarily in the American Southwest, including San Diego, where it originated. This item is not normally featured on the menu at more traditional Mexican restaurants. The dish is also served at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium. By 2015, fast food chain Del Taco began to sell the item. A similar dish, steak frites, tends to cost more.

Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego is the city center of San Diego, California, the eighth largest city in the United States. In 2010, the Centre City area had a population of more than 28,000. Downtown San Diego serves as the cultural and financial center and central business district of San Diego, with more than 4,000 businesses and nine districts. The downtown area is the home of the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera as well as multiple theaters and several museums. The San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, are also located downtown. Downtown San Diego houses the major local headquarters of the city, county, state, and federal governments.

East Village, San Diego

East Village is a neighborhood in San Diego, California, United States. It is the largest urban neighborhood in downtown San Diego. It is located east of the Gaslamp Quarter and southeast of the Core district and Cortez Hill in downtown San Diego. East Village encompasses 130 blocks between Seventh Avenue east to 18th Street. The thriving urban enclave is home to more than 700 businesses including restaurants, hotels, and art galleries.The East Village Business Improvement District is managed by The East Village Association, Inc. (EVA), a nonprofit corporation 501(c)(3).

Gaslamp Quarter station

Gaslamp Quarter is a station of the Green and Silver Lines on the San Diego Trolley. It is located in the Gaslamp Quarter section of the city and serves the surrounding trendy neighborhood. A variety of entertainment destinations and restaurants, as well as Petco Park, are accessible from the station.

This station opened in late June 1990 as part of the Orange Line's (then called the East Line) Bayside Extension; it should not be confused with the original Gaslamp (North) station that opened in 1981 and was permanently renamed the Fifth Avenue station in 1986.

The station remained open while undergoing renovations from February through July 2013, as part of the Trolley Renewal Project.On September 2, 2012, service to this station by the Orange Line was replaced by the Green Line as part of a system redesign.

Lake Elsinore Storm

The Lake Elsinore Storm is a minor league baseball team in Lake Elsinore, California, United States. It is a Class A – Advanced team in the California League, and is a farm team of the San Diego Padres. The Storm plays its home games at Lake Elsinore Diamond (Pete Lehr Field), which opened in 1994; the park seats 7,866 fans.

This team relocated three times and has been traced back to the Redwood Pioneers, then the Palm Springs Angels, and finally the Lake Elsinore Storm. As the Palm Springs Angels and later as the Storm, it had previously been the "high-A" affiliate of the Angels until the end of the 2000 season (along with their former mascot, Hamlet), when it and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes switched affiliations. Some former members of the Storm later became members of the Angels 2002 World Series championship team.

On May 18, 2007, the Storm set a league record for most lopsided victory, beating the Lancaster JetHawks by a 30–0 score.Since the 2004 opening of Petco Park, the new home field of the Padres, the Storm has played one home game there toward the end of each season, as the second half of a doubleheader following a Padres daytime home game. Usually, its opponent has been the California League farm team of the Padres' same-day opponents.

In 2011, Nate Freiman played for the Storm setting single-season club records with 22 home runs and 111 RBIs.

List of San Diego Padres Opening Day starting pitchers

The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in San Diego, California. They play in the National League West division. The Padres first played their home games at San Diego Stadium, now called Qualcomm Stadium, and formerly called Jack Murphy Stadium, until 2003, when they moved into Petco Park. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Padres have used 24 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 42 seasons. The 24 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 15 wins, 14 losses and 13 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.

The Padres' first Opening Day starting pitcher was Dick Selma, who received a win against the Houston Astros. Randy Jones, Eric Show and Jake Peavy tie the Padres' record for most Opening Day starts with four. Peavy has the most consecutive Opening Day starts with four (2006–2009). Jones and Andy Benes each have had three consecutive Opening Day starts. Benes has the most consecutive Opening Day losses with three from 1993 to 1995.

Overall, the Padres' Opening Day starting pitchers have a record of eight wins and five losses at, what was now known, Qualcomm Stadium, and two wins and one loss at Petco Park. In addition, although the Padres were nominally the home team on Opening Day 1999, the game was played in Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The Padres' Opening Day starting pitchers' combined home record is eleven wins and six losses, and their away record is four wins and eight losses. The Padres went on to play in the MLB post-season five times, winning the National League Championship Series (NLCS) in 1984 and 1998. In those five seasons, the Opening Day starting pitchers had a combined record of three wins and 0 losses.

List of San Diego Padres managers

The San Diego Padres are a professional baseball franchise based in San Diego, California. They are a member of the National League (NL) West in Major League Baseball (MLB). The team joined MLB in 1969 as an expansion team and have won two NL Championships in 1984 and 1998. The team played their home games at Qualcomm Stadium (formerly known as San Diego Stadium and Jack Murphy Stadium) from 1969 to 2003. Starting with the 2004 season, they moved to PETCO Park, where they have played since. The team is owned by Ron Fowler, and A. J. Preller is their general manager.There have been 19 managers for the Padres franchise. The team's first manager was Preston Gómez, who managed for four seasons. Bruce Bochy is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games managed (1926), the most regular-season game wins (951), the most playoff games managed (24), and the most playoff-game wins (8). Bob Skinner is the Padres' all-time leader for the highest regular-season winning percentage, as he has only managed one game, which he won. Of the managers who have managed a minimum of 162 games (one season), Jack McKeon has the highest regular-season winning percentage with .541, having managed for 357 games. Dick Williams, the only Padres manager to have been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, is the franchise's all-time leader for the highest playoff winning percentage with .400. Williams and Bochy are the only managers to have won an NL Championship with the Padres, in 1984 and 1998 respectively. Bochy and Black are the only managers to have won a Manager of the Year Award with the Padres, in 1996 and 2010. Greg Riddoch and Jerry Coleman have spent their entire managing careers with the Padres.

Mexico national rugby sevens team

The Mexico national rugby sevens team participates in competitions such as the World Sevens Series and Rugby World Cup Sevens. Mexico were Shield semi-finalists in the 2008 USA Sevens and were ranked 6th in the 2011 Pan American Games.

San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team based in San Diego, California. The Padres compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. Founded in 1969, the Padres have won two NL pennants — in 1984 and 1998, losing in the World Series both years. As of 2018, they have had 14 winning seasons in franchise history. The Padres are one of two Major League Baseball teams (the other being the Los Angeles Angels) in California to originate from that state; the Athletics were originally from Philadelphia (and moved to the state from Kansas City), and the Dodgers and Giants are originally from two New York City boroughs – Brooklyn and Manhattan, respectively. The Padres are the only major professional sports franchise to be located in San Diego, following the relocation of the Chargers to Los Angeles in 2017. They are also the only franchise in the MLB to not have a no-hitter, having gone 8020 games without throwing one, a major league record to begin a franchise.

San Diego Padres Hall of Fame

The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team in Major League Baseball (MLB) based in San Diego, California. The club was founded in 1969 as part of the league's expansion. The team's hall of fame, created in 1999 to honor the club's 30th anniversary, recognizes players, coaches, and executives who have made key contributions to the franchise. Voting is conducted by a 35-member committee. Candidates typically must wait at least two years after retiring to be eligible for induction, though Tony Gwynn was selected during his final season in 2001 before the last game of the year. He was also the Hall of Fame's first ever unanimous selection. There are 15 members in the team's Hall of Fame, the most recent inductee being Kevin Towers in 2018. The inductees are featured in an exhibit at the team's home stadium, Petco Park.Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones, power-hitting first baseman Nate Colbert, and former owner Ray Kroc were elected to the founding class of the Padres Hall of Fame by a 24-panel committee that included 18 media members who had covered the Padres for at least seven years, four Padres representatives and one representative from the San Diego Baseball Historical Society and the Madres—a San Diego organization that promotes baseball. When Trevor Hoffman's induction was announced in 2014, Padres president Mike Dee stated that the hall's membership needed to be expanded "for those who may have not had [national baseball] Hall of Fame careers like Trevor." Hoffman's induction was the first since manager Dick Williams' in 2009, as former club owners John Moores and Jeff Moorad had neglected the hall. New Padres ownership led by Ron Fowler placed a renewed organizational emphasis on the Hall of Fame, which included Hoffman's induction as well as future plans to relocate and redesign the hall's exhibit at Petco Park.The exhibit opened on July 1, 2016, at Padres Hall of Fame Plaza, which is located near the left field entrance of the park at the back of the Western Metal Supply Company building. The new facilities were part of the festivities for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, which was hosted at Petco Park. The plaza is a tribute to not only the history of the major league club, but also the history of baseball in San Diego, including the Padres from the Pacific Coast League (PCL). On the same day the plaza opened, the Padres inducted San Diego native Ted Williams into their hall of fame. He played for the PCL Padres in 1936 and 1937, and is also a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Plaza at Petco originally was to be named in honor of then-MLB commissioner Bud Selig, but the Padres reconsidered after negative reaction from the media and fans. Plans for the plaza also included eventual statues of Padres greats.

San Diego Padres retired numbers

The San Diego Padres are an American professional baseball team in Major League Baseball (MLB) based in San Diego, California. The club was founded in 1969 as part of the league's expansion. MLB clubs have retired various uniform numbers, ensuring that those numbers are never worn within the respective clubs in honor of a particular player or manager of note. The Padres no longer issue six numbers that have been retired. The numbers are commemorated at the team's home stadium at Petco Park in a display at the park entrance as well as in the Ring of Honor.

Steve Garvey was the first player to have his number retired by the Padres in 1988. The first baseman had retired during the offseason, and his No. 6 was being worn by Keith Moreland, who switched to No. 7 after presenting Garvey with a framed Padres No. 6 jersey during a pregame ceremony. Garvey played only five seasons with San Diego, but hit the game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Lee Smith of the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the 1984 National League Championship Series (NLCS), tying the series before the Padres won the next day. He was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player, and San Diego advanced to their first World Series. In 2016, The San Diego Union-Tribune ranked Garvey's Game 4 homer as the No. 1 moment in San Diego sports history. However, he played 14 of his 19 seasons with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, where he was also more productive, and the retirement of his number by San Diego has been heavily debated.On April 15, 1997, exactly 50 years after Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line, the No. 42 he wore with the Brooklyn Dodgers was retired throughout major league baseball. Later that year, Randy Jones's No. 35 was retired by the Padres. He was a two-time All-Star in 1975 and 1976, when he was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year a year before becoming the club's first Cy Young Award winner in 1976. On the day his number was retired, the Union-Tribune wrote that Jones was "the most popular athlete in the history of this city" during the mid-1970s until his career was derailed by a severed nerve in his left arm. His starts at home would spike attendance by the thousands, and the crowd began a tradition on Opening Day in 1976 of greeting him with a pregame ovation.Dave Winfield was next to have his No. 31 retired in 2001, when he was also inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His retirement ceremony also celebrated his decision to be the first member of the Hall of Fame to have his plaque depicted with him wearing a Padres cap. Winfield played for six teams in his 22-year career, spending his first eight seasons in San Diego followed by eight with the New York Yankees. In 2004, the Padres retired No. 19 in honor of Tony Gwynn, who is widely considered the greatest Padres player ever. He played his entire 20-year career with San Diego and won an NL-record eight batting titles. The most recent number to be retired was Trevor Hoffman's No. 51 in 2011. He had retired from playing after 2010, when he left the game as MLB's career leader in saves with 601, including 552 with the Padres.

The Padres' retired numbers are displayed at Petco Park at Home Plate Plaza. Fans are allowed to pose for pictures next to the aluminum numbers, which are 3 feet 11 inches (1.19 m) high, 5 1⁄3 feet (1.6 m) wide, and 1 foot (0.30 m) deep. Originally, the numbers were atop the batter's eye in center field, until they were relocated in 2016. The numbers were not ready for display in time for the park's opening in 2004, but they were unveiled midseason. Also beginning in 2016, the numbers are displayed in the Ring of Honor on the upper deck façade above the press box behind home plate.Prior to moving to Petco, the team played at Qualcomm Stadium, where the retired numbers were originally displayed on banners hanging from the light towers above the left field stands. However, Garvey's number was commemorated instead on the wall behind the spot in right‑center field where his legendary winning home run in the 1984 NLCS cleared the fence, but the number disappeared when the stadium was expanded in 1997 and the location was masked by an overhang. It reappeared in 2002 when all the retired numbers were moved and inscribed on the outfield fence.

Special Event Line (San Diego Trolley)

The Special Event Service Line was a light rail line operated by the San Diego Trolley, an operating division of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. These trains operated between Qualcomm Stadium and downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter during sporting events at Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium, as well as selected conventions and other major city events. These trains ran anywhere from every 7 1/2 to 15 minutes apart in addition to normally scheduled trains based on the time, size and location of the event.

The Special Event Line was used between 2005 through 2012, after which it was shut down as part of a system redesign. The entire route the Special Event line ran is now served by the Green Line, and MTS now opts to add cars and increase service on that route when needed.

The last Special Event Trolley departed at 6:54 pm on August 29, 2012.

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Home Depot Center
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