San Diego Padres to unveil Petco Park's Gallagher Square makeover on Monday

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The multi-million dollar transformation of Petco Park's Gallagher Square is ready to be unveiled — just ahead of Opening Day.

The gates for Monday's exhibition game against the Seattle Mariners will open early at 3 p.m. to let fans explore the newly-renovated park, thefor what was once known as the Park at the Park back in May, saying it is part of the franchise's 20th anniversary celebration. With the expanded amenities, the Padres hope the public will use portions of the park more frequently.Sign up for NBC San Diego newsletters.

"We are excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Petco Park next season by delivering a new and improved Gallagher Square to our fans and community,” Padres' CEO Erik Greupner said in a news release in May. “This space has been a defining feature of America’s #1 Ballpark and based on fan and community feedback our renovation will make it an even more vibrant and impactful part of the ballpark experience and asset to our Downtown community.

Videoboards that show scoreboard lineup and player statistics so fans can keep up with the game while enjoying Gallagher SquareThe statue of Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn, which presides over the space, has been propped up and surrounded by a viewing deck. The elevated position will give fans on the deck an improved view of inside the park and fans inside the yard a clearer view of the statue.The Padres' home opener is Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. The first pitch is at 1:10 p.m.

Former San Diego Padres owner Peter Seidler passed away in November at the age of 63 following two bouts of cancer. NBC 7's Adonis Albright was there for his celebration of life on March 23, 2024.

 

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