Right-hander Joe Musgrove is pitching for the Padres at Reopening Day with the stands at full capacity for the first time in 630 days.
SAN DIEGO — Update: The Padres pulled off a glorious win for Reopening Day at Petco Park Thursday. With two, two-run homers they finished the game in the bottom of the ninth 6-4 thanks to a walk-off by Caratini.
The San Diego Padres kicked off a game at Petco Park on Thursday night with the stands at full capacity for the first time in 630 days. The Pads were facing the Cincinnati Reds at what the team is billing as “San Diego’s Opening Day.”
The game sold out with an attendance of 40,362, according to the team.
Capacity had been limited at Petco Park this season because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic imposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Statewide restrictions were lifted Tuesday. Fans were prohibited from Petco Park during the coronavirus-delayed and shortened 2020 season.
Pregame ceremonies for Thursday night’s game included the Padres and Petco honoring 4,000 front-line workers, 275 uniformed personnel from Navy Region Southwest unfurling the American flag and a flyover by F/A-18 Hornets from MCAS Miramar.
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Nancy Yam, director of acute care pharmacy services for UC San Diego Health. A fireworks show will follow the game.
Prior to the game, San Diego City Council President Jennifer Campbell presented a “San Diego’s Opening Night” proclamation to the team.
Hometown hero, Joe Musgrove (4-6), who pitched the Padres’ first no-hitter this year started the game on Thursday , while left-hander Wade Miley (6-4) started for the Reds in a rare matchup of pitchers who have thrown no-hitters in the same season.
Musgrove is 2-6 since pitching the Padres’ first no-hitter April 9, including losing his last two decisions.
The Friar Faithful can expect some new promotions coming up. The Padres are planning promotional events over the four-game series. Active Duty military will present the American Flag across the field and now a DJ will play after the game. On Friday, it’s Beerfest, Padre Aloha shirts on Saturday and Kidsfest on Sunday.
If you’re going to a game soon, also remember the bag policy has changed this season. Petco Park will prohibit bags with the exception of single compartment bags measuring 7” x 10” or smaller, infant and medical bags.
With near-capacity crowds expected at Petco Park for the remainder of the season, the Metropolitan Transit System will increase the frequency of its trolley service, with trolleys serving all stations every seven to 15 minutes most of the day.
WATCH: Fans arrive at Petco Park for Reopening Day
This post originally appeared on CBS8 – Sports