Petco Park begins football transition ahead of Holiday Bowl

Renovations have begun at Petco Park to accommodate the ‘21 SDCCU Holiday Bowl, which on Dec. 28 “becomes the first football game played at the downtown ballpark” according to Kirk Kenney of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Seating capacity for football is “expected to be approximately 50,000” including “temporary seating to be constructed in the right field area of the ballpark.” Renovations to accommodate the field are “required at the outfield wall in left-center field and in the field level seating adjacent to the Padres dugout on the first base side of the field.” Details regarding the modifications “included removing the first base line wall; adding 2,800 square feet of concrete seating risers over 10 rows of seating in sections 111, 113, 115, and 117 (the seats will be restored for baseball using 10 sections of removable seating risers); removing and relocating the bullpen door and stairs in left field for football and installing goal posts, play clocks and new camera locations.” The outfield walls will be “restored to their original dimensions” for baseball season. Renovations are “expected to be completed within two months, about two weeks before kickoff for the game" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/21).

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