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The San Diego Padres, the new Petco Park, the jumping Gaslamp district, the San Diego harbor, all combine to make downtown San Diego living a vibrant life style choice. The center piece of downtown is the new Petco Park. If you are a San Diego Padres fan, what better place to live than the 'walk to the ballpark' downtown San Diego community?
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The San Diego Padres new home is Petco Park. A spectacular ball park in every way, combining the best sight lines in baseball with breathtaking views of San Diego. Architecturally magnificent, it celebrates the sea, the sky, the natural beauty, cultural diversity and unique spirit of our region. Innovative design features evoke the timeless traditions of baseball in an intimate setting, with state-of-the-art fan amenities to suit every taste and budget.
The natural stone and stucco exterior and lovely landscaping, including the Park at the Park beyond the outfield fence, make this the garden spot of baseball, with a relaxed yet dynamic atmosphere that reflects the San Diego lifestyle.
Located at the hub of the regional transportation system, with easy access by car, Trolley, the Coaster, bus and future water taxis, the Ballpark has ample parking and inviting promenades to and from your vehicle or public transit.
With an understated Spanish Mission-style exterior and a layout that's designed to create individual "neighborhoods" within the ballpark, Petco Park -- which, in 2004, replaces Qualcomm Stadium as the home of the San Diego Padres -- will be a distinctive addition to major-league ballparks. Following in the "less-is-more" formula found in parks opening in the 2000s (Petco Park seats open 46,000 -- 20,000 fewer than the former San Diego Padres home of Qualcomm Stadium), the main selling point of Petco Park is its intimate atmosphere and integration into downtown San Diego.
The ballpark is part of a larger 26-block downtown San Diego development project that includes hotels, retail, and housing, all within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center and the popular Gaslamp Quarter. The Omni Hotel, located west of the Ballpark on L Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), will be linked to the main concourse of the stadium via pedestrian sky bridge. The top ten levels of the hotel will be occupied by condominiums.
The center-field area is actually two different areas. Within the ballpark itself is the aforementioned grassy berm for lounging and picnicking. Outside of the stadium will be the "Park at the Park," where fans can watch the game free of charge. The exact makeup of the Park at the Park has changed over time: originally it was to be a festival-type area, but the Padres have scaled back their plans for the area. The final layout has yet to be determined, as San Diego city officials have expressed concerns that the Park Within a Park does not match what the Padres originally promised in pursuing public funding for the park in the past.
San Diego Padres baseball fans will have an easy time getting to the new downtown Petco ballpark when
they choose to get there on transit. Located right in the heart of a transit hub, the
ballpark is reachable by transit from almost every angle.
Three Trolley stations are within one to three blocks walking distance to Petco Park.