Petco Park’s 20th Anniversary
Petco Park has now been named America’s best ballpark 2 years in a row and the Padres are hoping to continue building that legacy. 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of Petco Park and to commemorate this milestone, the San Diego Padres will invest approximately $20 million to renovate Gallagher Square. The goal behind the renovation is to stay true to their commitment of delivering “More than a Ballpark” to Downtown San Diego. One of my favorite features of Gallagher Square is that it is typically open to the public, excluding game days and events. Part of the renovation will focus on allowing the public spaces to be open for use more often.
- Tony Gwynn Terrace – Viewing Deck/Picnic Space
- Improved Play Ball Field
- Off-Leash Dog Park (fenced)
- Public Art Displays
- Temporary Pickleball Courts
- Grass Replaced by Turf
- New 9th and J Entry
- Terraced Lawn Area
- Adding Bathrooms
More Details on the Project
In my opinion, this project drastically improves the functionality of the space. The Tony Gwynn Terrace will be elevated and offer views of the field. This will also raise the Tony Gwynn statue and make the icon more visible from the stadium. The terraced lawn seats combined with the Tony Gwynn Terrace will make lawn tickets much more enjoyable. Moving the “Play Ball Field” to the northwest corner of Gallagher Square is a better use of space. These improvements also put Gallagher Square in a better position to hold more events.
One thing they heard from residents of the neighborhood is their concern over more noise. According to an interview with the Union Tribune, Erik Greupner – Padres CEO, said they are using state of the art technology to help lessen the noise that emulates from the stage during events. This plan will include delay towers on the backside of Gallagher Square that will have directional speakers to create a surround sound experience.
The neighborhood will benefit from the Off-Leash Dog Park, Pickleball courts, and playground. Public access is an integral part of the Gallagher Square experience, which makes it a pivotal piece of East Village. If all goes well, the San Diego Padres are hoping Gallagher Square will be open for the 2024 baseball season.