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The History of San Diego’s Petco Park

Petco Park is one of the top ballparks in the country. The ballpark, home to the San Diego Padres baseball club, was constructed in 2001 as part of the city’s effort to revitalize the aging downtown area, specifically East Village. After a few years of legal and political delays, Petco Park opened in time for the 2004 Padres baseball season.

A noticeable feature of the $450 million, 42,500 seat stadium is the Western Metal Supply Building. This 100 year old building was designated as a historical structure in 1978 which played a role in postponing the construction of Petco Park. As the building couldn’t be demolished, it was incorporated into the stadium layout and stands today as the most iconic feature of Petco Park. Inside the Western Metal Supply Building is the Padres team store and a restaurant, as well as private game suites and rooftop seating.

Since its opening in 2004, Petco Park has seen a lot of firsts. Here are some of the stadium’s historical milestones thus far.

  • March 11, 2004 – The first baseball game ever played at Petco Park was a college game between San Diego State and Houston. It had the largest attendance for a college baseball game.
  • April 8, 2004 – The San Diego Padres played their first regular season game, defeating the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 10 innings.
  • April 15, 2004 – Mark Loretta hit the first Padre home run against pitcher Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • April 4, 2006 – The first rainout occurred at Petco Park.
  • August 4, 2007 – Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run at Petco Park to tie Hank Aaron’s home run record.
  • April 17, 2008 – The Padres lost to the Colorado Rockies in a 22-inning game, making it the longest game in Petco Park history and the longest MLB game in 15 years.
  • May 31, 2010 – The Padres scored 18 runs, breaking a Petco Park record for runs scored in a game.
  • April 30, 2012 – Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first player to hit three home runs in a game at the park.
  • July 13, 2013 – Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants threw Petco Park’s first no-hitter.

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