Posted in 2023 in News & Updates
Posted in 2023 in News & Updates
The San Diego Padres have revealed their ambitious plans for a nearly $20 million renovation of Gallagher Square, formerly known as “Park at the Park,” in celebration of Petco Park’s upcoming 20th anniversary in 2024. The renovation aims to enhance the fan experience, create a sustainable environment, and contribute to the economic development of Downtown San Diego.
Highlights include an improved playground, a fenced dog park, upgraded sports facilities, temporary Pickleball courts, public art displays, improved noise control, a new Tony Gwynn Terrace fan viewing deck, an upgraded entry gate, and leveled lawn seating. Amphitheater-style seating will enhance the view of concerts at Gallagher Square. The project also emphasizes sustainability through the use of turf, native vegetation, and advanced noise reduction technology.The Padres’ investment in the renovation reflects their long-standing commitment to the community and their desire to create an engaging space for all ages to celebrate baseball and the legacy of Tony Gwynn. The renovated Gallagher Square is expected to attract more visitors, boost local businesses, and contribute to increased tax revenue, reinforcing the Padres’ dedication to Downtown San Diego’s growth. .
“We are excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Petco Park next season by delivering a new and improved Gallagher Square to our fans and community,” said Padres’ CEO Erik Greupner. “This space has been a defining feature of America’s #1 Ballpark and based on fan and community feedback our renovation will make it an even more vibrant and impactful part of the ballpark experience and asset to our Downtown community.”
Renderings and details of the project can be found at www.padres.com/renovation. Once complete, the project will enable greater public access, allowing portions of the park to remain open more frequently for community use.
The iconic statue of Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn, will be elevated by approximately six feet and surrounded by an expanded deck area. The renovation will also bring Tony into greater alignment with his teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, while enhancing Tony’s visibility from the ballpark.
According to Tony Gwynn, Jr., son of the legendary Padre and Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn, “Petco Park holds a special place in our hearts as it honors the legacy of my father and the historic contributions he made to the game. These renovations will not only improve the overall experience for fans but also create an engaging community space for all ages that celebrates our city’s passion for baseball and my father’s legacy.”
The elevated deck will also offer fans and visitors a great view of games and serve as an outdoor activity and picnic space during public hours.
To ensure a more sustainable Gallagher Square, grass will be replaced with turf, improving the aesthetics of the space while significantly reducing water usage and the need for frequent re-sodding. Native trees and vegetation will also be planted throughout the area to promote sustainability and drought resistance.
In consideration of the surrounding community, the project will also incorporate greater mitigation measures to reduce noise levels during events. The introduction of state-of-the-art technology, including delay towers and directional speakers, will help deliver a more enjoyable experience for both event attendees and nearby residents.
This $20 million investment builds upon the Padres’ continued efforts to create a vibrant Downtown San Diego through economic development and job creation. Over the past 20 years, the Padres have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the area, creating thousands of jobs. The renovation of Gallagher Square is expected to attract more residents and visitors, particularly during the off-season, providing a boost to nearby businesses and helping increase local tax revenue, which is reinvested back into the community.
“We are incredibly thankful to the San Diego Padres for their ongoing investment in San Diego, and their dedication to both their fans and the community at large,” said City of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. “The Gallagher Square Renovation will further activate and invigorate the East Village, and I will be working closely with the Padres to help ensure these exciting new amenities are ready for the community to enjoy in time for the 20th Anniversary of Petco Park.”
The Padres look forward to unveiling the renovated Padres Park and welcoming fans and community members to enjoy the enhanced amenities leading up to Opening Day 2024.
The San Diego Padres have announced plans for a $20 million renovation of its stadium-adjacent Gallagher Square (formerly Park at the Park) inside Petco Park. Read More…
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