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Petco Park a Weekend Hit
While there was a baseball game going on, many of the fans in attendance were at the game to check out the Padres new home for 2004. The stadium, located downtown, has all the features of a new stadium, while still incorporating the feel of a historic ballpark. The Western Metal Supply building in left field puts some of San Diego's history at the forefront and the seats sticking out give it a spark like Wrigley Field. Some of the new features include the best sight lines in baseball today, with spacious seats angled towards the playing field. The large scoreboard and video screen stand out boldly making it easy for most of the fans to see. The grass was freshly cut and was in great condition and having the seats closer to the field enables a fan to see the players up close. Petco Park was a big hit and a definite upgrade from Qualcomm Stadium. But this game was a test run.
As with any test run there were some glitches. For months now, the trolley has been advertised as the best way to get into downtown. Yet, it seemed as if the transportation company did not know there was a major event happening. The trains were in limited supply and people were packed in like sardines for an extended amount of time. Long lines seemed like a trend on Petco's first trial run. The concession stand lines were probably the biggest complaint of the night. Fans waiting in line for a beer and an order of nachos could find themselves waiting for 25 minutes.
The Padres say that these problems will be fixed by opening day with more concession stands being opened and giving the workers a little more experience. By April 8, 2004, Petco Park will be ready for an awesome Padre season.
Matt Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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