Stadium Opened: 2004
Dimensions: LF- 334 ft. CF- 396 ft. RF- 322 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None
Parking: There are lots located near the stadium ranging from $15-$20.
Food: The Mercado: concession area on the main concourse level, which contains: Rubio's Mexican Grill (contained fish tacos which are a local favorite), Randy Jones BBQ, Oggi's Pizza, and Anthony's Seafood Grotto (contained fish & chips). The Padres Hall of Fame Bar & Grill is located on the 5th floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building. Fans are permitted to bring in food to the park. See "Food and Beverage" section on the Padress official website for details.
Fish & Chips
"Park at the Park": Located beyond the outfield wall is a 2.7 acre park. It contains a statue of Tony Gwynn, a wiffleball field, concession stands, and lawn seating. The game is also shown on a large screen on the back of the stadium's scoreboard.
"The Beach": Located beyond the right field wall. It is the sandy area in front of the bleachers. The bleachers have a very unique look to them. See picture below:
Way too restrictive: The ushers were too restricting. I tried to take some pictures in other areas of the upper deck and was asked to leave. Come on, it's the upper deck. It wasn't like I was sneaking around the expensive field level seats. I wasn't blocking anyone's view, it shouldn't be a big deal.
Very Scenic: Beautiful stadium located in downtown San Diego. It was designed to reflect San Diego's sandy beaches, and cliffs. The seats are blue to reflect the color of the Pacific Ocean. There are also flowers, trees, and other nice touches throughout the park.
View of San Diego Bay and Coronado Island
Awkward and Obstructed: One part of the stadium design that I do not like is how fans lose sight of the field in right field. The concourse just did not seem to flow together. I do not care for the design in the upper deck where fans are obstructed by plexy glass on the steps going to the seats. Seating in the upper deck in left field is severely obstructed by the Western Metal Supply Co. building. Also, the location of the bullpens seemed a little odd to me. The visiting team's bullpen is located along the first base line and the Padres' bullpen is located beyond the outfield wall.
Western Metal Supply Co. Building: Rather than being knocked down, this building is incorporated into the park. It contains the Padres Majestic Team Store on the first floor. The second and third floors have private party suites. The fourth floor contains the Padres Hall of Fame Bar & Grill. Rooftop bleachers are on top of the building.
Retired Numbers: Five retired numbers: #6 Steve Garvey, #31 Dave Winfield, #19 Tony Gwynn, #35 Randy Jones, and #42 Jackie Robinson are displayed above the "batters eye".
Review is based on my visit on 8/13/08.
Overall Rating: 9
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