Ballpark Digest is previewing what every MLB team is doing to begin the season, both on and off the field, as the 2019 campaign is around the corner. Up next: the San Diego Padres and Petco Park.
The addition of Manny Machado was the Padres’ biggest story of the offseason, but the club has also done some interesting things off the field. That includes the announcement of a new concert stage, a renovated club area, and a new beer that is being released as part of the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration.
One of the biggest additions for 2019 is the newly constructed Sycuan Stage (depicted above), located at Petco Park’s Park at the Park. In partnership with Live Nation, the Padres will host a minimum of eight national touring acts annually at the stage, offering a general admission capacity crowd of over 6,000. The 2019 lineup for Sycuan Stage begins with the LED’s My Life Every Day Memorial Day festival from May 25-26.
Petco Park will also debut a revamped premium space for this season, as the Compass Premier Club has undergone its largest renovation since the ballpark’s 2004 opening. Through the renovation, the space is receiving an expanded bar area, along with retractable windows, technology upgrades, and an overhauled décor. Premier Club seats come with several benefits, including in-seat food and beverage service, access to the club, a private entrance to Petco Park via the Omni Hotel, and more.
This season will bring a milestone for the Padres, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. To commemorate the anniversary, the Padres have teamed up with Ballast Point Brewing Company to introduce the Swingin’ Friar Ale. Named the Official Craft Beer of the San Diego Padres, Swinging’ Friar Ale is a 100% Simcoe hopped pale ale that will be available at Petco Park this season and other locations in the San Diego area. Packaging for the six pack prominently features a Swingin’ Friar logo, while incorporating a brown and yellow color scheme.
The new beer will not be the only way that the Padres celebrate their 50th anniversary. Several 50th-themed giveaways are planned as well, starting with a Swining’ Friar bobblehead on March 30 and including items such as Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman replica jerseys, and a San Diego Chicken bobblehead later in the season. The Padres were one of four expansion teams to join Major League Baseball in 1969, along with the Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals), and the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers). (Here’s a look at the 1969 Padres and their home, San Diego Stadium.)
Sycuan Stage rendering courtesy San Diego Padres. Swinging’ Friar Ale image courtesy Ballast Point Brewing Company.
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