MLB Stadium Showcase: Petco Park In San Diego

A Look At The 2016 MLB All-Star Stadium: Petco Park In San Diego This week, will provide on the ground, behind the scenes coverage of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in San Diego. The event will take place at Petco Park, located in downtown San Diego.

The Padres moved into Petco Park in 2004, after spending their first 35 seasons taking the field at the multi-purpose Qualcomm Stadium (formerly Jack Murphy Stadium), located in the inland San Diego neighborhood of Mission Valley. During the Padres entire existence in Mission Valley, the club shared their venue with the NFL's San Diego Chargers and the San Diego State University football program.

The most significant difference between the two venues is that Petco is a modern era, classically designed baseball only stadium, situated in the heart of the city. By comparison, Qualcomm was built in the late 1960's, during the boom period of multi-purpose stadium construction. While Qualcomm is surrounded by hills and parking lots, Petco’s open-air architecture provides a beautiful view of the San Diego skyline.

The Padres current home sits right on the edge of San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter, the city’s signature restaurant and nightlife area. The park’s close proximity to San Diego Bay places it within a short walk of several high-rise hotels, as well as the city’s convention center.

Two of the most unique features of the stadium involve the Western Metal Supply Co. building, in left field, and the “Park at the Park" area, beyond centerfield.  The Western Metal Supply building was an old and existing San Diego structure that was incorporated into the construction of Petco. The in-stadium edifice contains a team store, restaurant and private suites. The “Park at the Park” is a grassy area where fans can sit on the lawn and watch games for $10. The park is also open on non-game days, for people to enjoy free of charge.

Fittingly, Petco Park’s address is 19 Tony Gwynn Drive, in honor of the late Padres outfielder, who is widely considered the greatest player in franchise history.

The 45,000-seat facility features 5,000 club seats and 58 luxury suites.

Tuesday's All-Star Game is the very first played at Petco Park. Qualcomm Stadium hosted the event in both 1978 and 1992. 

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