The executive leaders with the San Diego Padres have upgraded the team’s luxury suites at Petco Park and continue to support San Diego County-based food and beverage partners, clearly demonstrating that the only professional sports team in town is in touch with the local business community.
During the off-season, the Padres completely remodeled all 70 luxury suites at the downtown San Diego ballpark with brand new furniture, unique seating concepts, high-definition televisions, artwork and more.
The suites provide an opportunity for fans to enjoy Padres games – as well as stadium-hosted events and concerts – with friends, family, company colleagues and business clients in a private, luxury setting.
The suites can support groups from 20 to 200, and are located in different parts of the ballpark, including overlooking left field and behind home plate above field level.
The undertaking, which happened during the past off-season, was the team’s largest suite remodel since the ballpark opened in 2004.
Jointly owned by the Padres and the city of San Diego, Petco Park opened six years after nearly 60 percent of San Diego voters approved Proposition C, green lighting construction of a new downtown ballpark.
The Padres have been redoing different parts of the park every year, said Curt Waugh, vice president, ticket sales and membership services for the Padres.
“The suites were the last piece of the inventory as part of our upgrades and modernizing, which is what Petco Park is known for,” Waugh said.
The team worked closely with local designer/architectural firm Carrier Johnson + CULTURE on the renovations.
Shining Some New Light
Waugh said one of his favorite features is new lighting in the suites, which turned “a more dark and warm environment into lighting that was bright, clear and fresh.”
The suites come with 65-inch 4k televisions with access for presentations, and customizable branding elements for those who are suite lease members at Petco Park.
There is also a renovated suite entrance, as well as new, compact refrigerators and ice machines that allow for more countertop space, new dishware, an induction cooking area and renovated bathrooms.
Oversized, dated furniture has been replaced with items from Williams-Sonoma, The Pottery Barn and other high-end companies, Waugh said.
Other finishing touches in the suites include artwork that features past and current Padres players.
While supply-chain issues slowed some of the final touches, the suites are up and running and Waugh said “early returns show that the customers are getting what they think they should for a premium product, and a premium team on the field.”
Waugh said that the suites have always been a big draw, and that they are selling at a rapid rate as people look for more communal ways to enjoy live entertainment.
He said the suites became even more highly sought after spots to watch games during different heights of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That was particularly true in 2020 and 2021, when state mandates required social distancing and advised that only family members be in close proximity to one another.
Suites for about 20 guests typically cost between $2,500 and $6,000 on average, but can also go up the scale to $10,000, Waugh said. The luxury suites often include parking passes at three different lots in the vicinity.
The Padres are also continuing their tradition at Petco Park of featuring local dining and beverage establishments throughout the ballpark.
Some of the team’s partners include Coronado Brewing Company, Hodad’s, Pizza Port, Green Flash Brewing, Grand Ole BBQ, Barrio Dogg, The Cravory, JuneShine Hard Kombuch and Spirits and Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill.
In-suite dining, while a separate cost from the suite lease, offers fans options for catering under the “Taste of San Diego” menu. Local eateries on the menu, as offered by catering provider Delaware North, include Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, Board & Brew and Carnitas Snack Shack.
Local Feel Important to San Diego-centric Fans
Sergio del Prado, the Padres senior vice president, corporate partnerships, said that keeping the local vibe at Petco Park is important to both patrons and staff.
“San Diego is very proud of San Diego,” said del Prado. “We’re not Los Angeles, we’re not Orange County. We’re San Diego and we want to show that we have some really cool local businesses that make great products.”
Del Prado said that Padres staff is well aware that when visiting teams come to San Diego, opposing “fans and broadcasters all talk about the amazing food” at Petco Park.
Petco Park/San Diego Padres
PETCO PARK OPENED: 2004
PADRES ESTABLISHED: 1969
PADRES CEO: Erik Greupner
PETCO PARK HEADQUARTERS: 19 Tony Gwynn Drive, Downtown
BUSINESS: Major League Baseball Stadium
CONSTRUCTION COST (2000-04): $450 million
PETCO STOCK: WOOF (NASDAQ)
PETCO PARK EMPLOYEES: 800+
PADRES WEBSITE: mlb.com/padres
CONTACT: (619) 795-5555
NOTABLE: City of San Diego voters approved the building of a new ballpark for downtown San Diego in the November 1998 election, less than one year after the Padres made it to the World Series for only the second time in team history.