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Padres fans treated to a win on Petco Park's Reopening Day

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.

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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

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What to expect for Padres Reopening Day at Petco Park

Full capacity, masks requirements lifted for fully vaccinated fans, added promotions at Petco Park and bars are prepping as much as they can for the crowds.

SAN DIEGO — The Padres Reopening Day was hours away Wednesday night and fans were ready to fill Petco Park when it opens to full capacity Thursday.

Physical distancing will be lifted and fully vaccinated fans will not be required to wear a mask.

“So many coming in today and talking about the reopening which will be so much fun,” said Jason Griffin, Basic Bar & Pizza bartender.

Basic is across from Petco Park and workers expect large crowds ahead of the 5:40 start time against the Cincinnati Reds.

“We usually have one or two people at the bar now we may need three or four bartenders,” said Griffin.

What’s making it difficult for some bars is not knowing how Cal/OSHA will vote on Thursday. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, oversees health and safety in the workplace. 

The agency could approve lifting the physical distance rule in the workplace and not require masks for fully vaccinated employees.

If approved, the governor is expected to enact an executive order and make it effective immediately.

But this still makes it difficult for bars to plan for staffing on Reopening Day and not knowing what the crowds will be like.

“We are trying to work out the details of that, it’s really scary, we don’t exactly what we need,” said Griffin.

Inside the stadium fully vaccinated fans are not required to wear a mask. Mask enforcement teams will not be deployed.

“It will be fun to go without masks a little bit,” said Grant Gryska.

His father, Steve Gryska works at Petco Park and looks forward to Opening Day each year, especially Reopening Day.

“It’s exciting because in the morning when you get there it’s kind of slow and builds up like a crescendo,” said Steve Gryska.

The Friar Faithful can expect some new promotions. 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.
The Padres website still has tickets left but they are going fast. Nosebleeds were listed for $ 26.50.

The stadium seats 40,000 people and Reopening Day is expected to be the largest event in San Diego since March 2020.

“What’s building up at the stadium right now is incredible,” said Steve Gryska.

Hometown hero, Joe Musgrove, who pitched the Padres first no-hitter this year, will be starting on Thursday.  

What is not coming back this year for Reopening Day is the block party outside of Petco Park.

Remember the bag policy has changed this season. Petco Park will prohibit bags with the exception for single compartment bags measuring 7” x 10” or smaller, infant and medical bags.

MTS is ramping up its trolley service at all stations every 7-15 minutes most of the day.

This post originally appeared on CBS8 – Sports

SDSU kicks off in-person commencement ceremonies at Petco Park

SAN DIEGO — College graduation season is picking up and SDSU is getting in on the festivities. The university will begin its in-person ceremonies on Tuesday. The ceremonies will take place at Petco Park and will run through Thursday.
The graduation ceremonies will include the 2020 graduates who were not able to have a commencement due to COVID-19 as well as the most recent 2021 graduates. However, some SDSU graduates opted to take part in virtual ceremonies.
San Diego State University will host seven separate ceremonies May 25-27 at Petco Park. The Fowler College of Business will host the largest ceremony, honoring 1,882 2021-degree candidates and 1,802 2020-degree recipients. The smallest, most intimate ceremony will be for the College of Education, which will award an estimated 964 2021-degree candidates and 825 2020-degree recipients
The graduations have a very strict set of rules including:
Commencement kicks off Tuesday at 9 a-m with the College of Education and goes through Thursday afternoon.
A full list of graduations can be found below.
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Petco Park set to return to 100% capacity for Padres games June 17

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres sit just one game out of first place in the NL West.
And, soon, you’ll be able to see them from a packed Petco Park. 
With California set to reopen June 15, the ballclub announced shortly after the state’s update Friday that they plan to have Petco Park at 100% capacity for the team’s 5:40 p.m. matchup on June 17 against the Cincinnati Reds. 
The Padres are calling the festivities “San Diego’s Opening Day.” 
The team announced that also beginning on June 17, all Padres Season Ticket Members will return to their regular seat locations. 
Single-game tickets for San Diego’s Opening Series and the remainder of the 2021 Padres home season will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 4.
WATCH: Here’s how San Diego Padres Opening Day looked in and outside Petco Park

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Petco Park crowd capacity increased in some sections to 67% with proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test

Fans 13 years of age or older must be prepared to show proof of vaccination plus a photo ID, or a negative COVID-19 test to sit in select sections.

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres announced Tuesday that Petco Park’s attendance limits have been increased to 33% of capacity in accordance with San Diego County’s move to the orange tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening system.

The changes will take place beginning Friday, when the Padres begin a homestand with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The updated limits will also make select sections of the ballpark available at 67% capacity for fans who are either fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the first game they plan to attend. Fans 13 years of age or older must be prepared to show photo ID, plus proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

There were mixed reactions from fans.
“I’m all about let’s go, let’s get back,” said Shelby Hudack.
On social media, some fans called it “stupid” and said it’s ruining the season.
Tickets are still pricey. StubHub, a ticketing partner with MLB shows the cheapest tickets for Saturday’s game are in Gallagher Park for $ 800 each and tickets are nearly $ 1,000 in the nosebleeds. 
“If you want to watch a baseball game you got to pay for it at the end of the day,” said Oscar Minaya. 
Masks will continue to be mandatory for all guests 2 years of age or older unless actively eating or drinking. Attendance also remains limited to California residents.

Fans may also now order concessions at contactless stands available on all levels of the park, though mobile ordering via the MLB Ballpark app will remain available for in-seat delivery. Cash will not be accepted, and fans are asked to use credit cards, Padres Pay, or other forms of digital payment.

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Padres begin 2021 season with fans in attendance at Petco Park

The Padres had an 8-7 Opening Day win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

SAN DIEGO — Hours before the first pitch, East Village came alive with Padres fans.

“I’m excited for San Diego. I’m excited for the Padres….been fans for a long time so I’m pumped,” said Kevin Bong, who had a ticket to the game.

Restaurants surrounding the stadium had fans lined up in the morning.
Social Tap co-owner Brant Crenshaw said the past year has been a challenge, but with the Padres season now underway, and more things opening up, he’s starting to feel optimistic.

“Downtown and East Village has been a dead zone here for quite a while, so we’re really happy to have some activity and life back and energizing it,” Crenshaw said.

Down the street at Bub’s, co-owner Todd Brown feels the same, though he’s frustrated it’s taken this long to get here.

“We’re looking forward to taking the next step and getting 50% and then eventually getting back to where we can have a block party and get the people that do social events and you know the special event stuff. Those people haven’t been able to do anything,” Brown said. 
Padres CEO Erik Greupner said Thursday’s Opening Day was a long time coming. 
He said the organization was “confident” that a number of new health and safety measures being implemented at Petco Park will make it “one of the safest places for our fans to be in San Diego.”
Along with reduced capacity, the Padres are using contactless technology for its ticketing, retail and food sales. Fans are able to order food and beverages for pickup or in-seat delivery through the MLB Ballpark app.

There were some issues ordering concessions on the app Thursday. Mike Ragoza said he ordered a beer and got it in 15 minutes but there were problems after that.
“We ordered food and beer, we never got anything. Literally hours,” said Ragoza. 
He said he was still charged despite not receiving the food or drink so he reported it to a Petco Park employee. 
Padres CEO Erik Greupner sent News 8 the following statement on the issues:
“Guest experience and safety is our top priority. Given the new State regulations that require completely remote and contactless concessions service, we encountered issues at today’s game trying to implement this requirement at scale across our entire ballpark. We are working to address these issues, including issuing refunds for anyone who paid for but did not receive their concessions items. We will continue to improve this process as we deal with a challenging set of new operating requirements.”
Fans are also now seated in socially distant “seating pods” and the park features signage and spacing markers throughout the park to promote proper distancing.
 “It was a lot of fun but different with the separation,” said Robert Cortez. 
Masks are required to be worn except when fans are actively eating or drinking in their seat. Children two years old or younger do not have to wear face coverings.
“It’s so surreal to be back in a baseball stadium,” said Sheena South. 
Most outside food and beverages are not permitted into the park, though fans are allowed to bring a factory-sealed plastic bottled water that is still, clear and unflavored and that is 1 liter or less, as well as soft-sided single juice or milk containers or Americans with Disabilities Act- required liquids in a sealed container.
Bags are also prohibited with the exception of 6.5-inch-by-4.5- inch small clutch purses, infant and medical bags.
Following a second-place finish for the Padres in the National League West in the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season, during which they finished with a winning record for the first time since 2010 and advanced to the National League Division Series, optimism is high for an even better 2021 season, thanks in part to the off-season acquisitions of pitching stars such as Darvish and Blake Snell.
Baseball Prospectus’ proprietary PECOTA system projects the Padres will win 95 games, second-most in the National League behind the defending World Series-champion Los Angeles Dodgers, who are projected to win 104.
FanGraphs says the Padres have a 92.3% chance of qualifying for the playoffs, a 30.2% chance of winning the National League West and an 11% chance of winning the World Series, the fourth-highest in MLB behind the Dodgers (22.2%), New York Yankees (17.6%) and New York Mets (11.2%).
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All the buzz around Petco Park for Padres Opening Day

Bars, restaurants and Padre fans are on deck and ready for Opening Day on Thursday

SAN DIEGO — Padres fans have so much to look forward to this season. There’s a lot of excitement not just around the team but the return of fans.
“It’s great we are back to baseball. We’ve been waiting so long for baseball to be back. We are ready,” said Jeff Christensen, baseball fan.
He, Mick Scrivener and friends were on deck at Social Tap San Diego on Wednesday which overlooks the former Park in the Park now called Gallagher Square.
“This has been a long time coming, we’re super excited to get back to work and open up and have guests back,” said Brant Crenshaw, Social Tap San Diego co-owner.
Wednesday was the first day for Social Tap to open since closing in January for reconstruction during the pandemic.
On game day, it’s the place to meet up for fans with or without tickets. Checking in early to get on the list to be seated is encouraged. 
“Everyone wants to get into the stadium and this year I know it will be different,” said Crenshaw.
Many things are different this year inside Petco Park. First, San Diego is in the red tier so that limits stadium capacity to 20% which is 8,489 seats. Most of the tickets will go to long-standing season ticket holders.
Although Scrivener has had season tickets since 2004, he was not able to get Opening Day tickets but will be going to a game next week.
“It took a while, it wasn’t the easiest process in the world, I’m not going to lie,” said Scrivener.
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The Padres are on fire this year. Ticket agencies say Padres ticket prices are one of the highest for opening day in all of baseball. Last week, nosebleeds were going for $ 1,4000 on StubHub, a partner with Major League Baseball. On Thursday, prices went down to an average $ 212, but that was before fees.
Padres encourage fans to watch out for scammers.
Once you’ve purchased your ticket you won’t need to print it but download the MLB Ballpark app for ticketless entry.
“We have the app, we are set. The technology these days is going to be easy, we have no worries,” said Scrivener.
Once inside Petco Park, rows will be blocked off and seats will be grouped in pods. You won’t line up at concession stands but order your food and drink from the app.
Fans say they’re up to bat for the new rules.
“I don’t think we are look at the restrictions as a problem, we just want to be back and watching baseball,” said Christensen.
Padres play the Diamondbacks on Opening Day weekend. The first pitch is Thursday at 1:10 p.m.
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Petco and Padres agree to stadium naming rights extension through 2027

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif — San Diego-based Petco Health and Wellness Co. Inc. announced Monday it has reached an agreement with the San Diego Padres to extend the naming rights for the Padres’ downtown ballpark through the 2027 Major League Baseball season.

The stadium on Park Boulevard near the San Diego Convention Center has held the same name since it opened in 2004. The new agreement extends the original agreement two years.

Under the new agreement, Petco will continue to be featured prominently throughout the ballpark and signage will feature its new logo.

“As a locally based company, we are proud to have the Petco name on the number one ballpark in America and home of the San Diego Padres,” said Padres CEO Erik Greupner.

Petco also plans to partner with star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and star third baseman Manny Machado to create social and digital content centered around health and wellness for pets.

“The Padres and Petco are both teams with positive momentum, competing at the highest level and with great players putting up great numbers,” said Petco Chairman and CEO Ron Coughlin. “We are excited to continue working closely with the Padres and in partnership with world-class athletes and pet parents like Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. to improve the lives of pets, pet parents and our more than 26,000 partners.”

The Padres expect to have fans at Petco Park for their home opener April 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Greupner said Friday. The team will soon notify its season-ticket holders with details of their return to Petco Park.