Originally posted on Padres Public  |  Last updated 7/26/13
One of the topics I remember former Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel talk about most was the importance of fans having a good ballpark experience on days our Padres don’t win. This goal became evident in, among other improvements, the restaurants and events he and his team brought to the ballpark. But there’s another less discussed, at least less discussed by team by team executives, aspect of a game experience that makes watching losing baseball at the park an excruciating ordeal. Sharing the stands with lots of loud fans of opposing teams is absolutely awful. This is an issue somewhat unique to San Diego as it’s a great place to visit and live. Transplants and visitors bring team allegiances from other cities with them. It’s those visitors and transplants that flood Giants, Dodgers, Cubs, and other games and often turn attending a losing Padres game from a disappointing but fun experience into emotionally charged challenge to our honor as San Diegans. Ron Fowler refreshingly characteriz...
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