I recently took a vacation with my wife to San Diego, where we enjoyed cool days at the beach, followed by a slight sunburn. The highlight of the trip for me, however, was visiting Petco Park.
As an Arizona native, I have been to many games at Chase Field. The biggest issue I have with Chase, they can’t control, the temperature inside the park. Even with the roof closed and the A/C on, with 20,000 fans, the temperature inside isn’t much cooler.
So it was my pleasant surprise to attend a game in 70 degree weather. It was cool enough to require a sweater, and the outside venue brought an aspect to the game I had never experienced before. It really added to the game of baseball to be able to see the city of San Diego beyond the outfield wall.
Though it was constructed in the early decade of 2000, Petco Park manages to keep a feeling of “old-time baseball”. This is helped by the inclusion of the historic Western Metal Supply Co. building into left field. In addition, the Matrix scoreboa...