Petco Park

Petco Park
Home to the San Diego Padres
San Diego, CA

Date Opened: April 8, 2004- San Diego Padres 4, San Fransisco Giants 1
Capacity: 42,455
Games Attended:
June 10, 2008 Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5

Location & Accesibility (0-5): 5
Petco Park is right downtown in beautiful San Diego. You can see the cities skyscrapers from almost any seat in the park. The park is easily accessible whether it be from driving, walking or the public trolley.

Historic Value (0-5): 2
The ballpark is under 10 years old so not much historically has happened here yet. Barry Bonds hit his Henry Aaron tying, 755 home-run here on August 4, 2007. The park has also hosted games in both the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Originality (0-5): 4
Petco Park lives up to the name park in every way. The front facade is waterfalls over brick. Instead of demolishing the 100 year old Western Metal Supply Co. building, the builders incorporated it into its design having it serve as the left field foul pole. The outfield has the "Park at the Park" where fans can sit on the grass and watch games for $5. When games aren't being played the "Park at the Park" is open to the public. Also in the outfield is a big sandbox where kids of all ages can get very close to the action.

Fans (0-5): 2
You by now know that when I attended a baseball game that it is on a chilly night, so there weren't many fans out. The team has been bad the last couple years but I still would have liked to see a little more support for the home team.

Fun Factor (0-5): 3
The team store is legit. There are a lot of fun things to do in the outfield area as well. And a little Friar runs around the park as a mascot. The actually ball field is huge though, so you aren't going to see many home-runs.

Concessions & Restaurants (0-5): 4
I never had tried a fish taco before my night at Petco Park but I'm doubtful there are many better out there. It was delicious. Petco also had a good variety of Mexican food.

My own Subjectivity (0-5): 4
I really enjoyed my experience at Petco. I got to see one of my all-time favorite pitchers that night, Greg Maddox, and it was a fun evening overall at the game. On a side note, on the way to the game my mom was unaware that the company Petco had sponsored the baseball field and she kept seeing signs that said "Petco Park," so she made the comment " Oh, that's neat that Petco sponsors parks that you can take your dogs for walks in!" Silly mom!

Total Score (0-35)= 24

Criteria for "The Ballpark Series" can be found here.

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