There is a lonely, desolate place located inside the confines of Petco Park.
It’s an historic place.
When Petco Park was designed, there were two old buildings right smack dab in the middle of the ballpark’s footprint. And, because they were both designated historic landmarks, they couldn’t be demolished.
But something needed to be done with the Western Metal Supply Company and the Showley Brothers Candy Company factory buildings.
The question was, what to do?
One answer was to make the Western Metal Supply Company building an integral part of the ballpark, making one corner of the building the left field foul pole. That required constructing a whole new building inside to reinforce the 100 year old structure and bring it up to code, while still leaving the exterior looking much the same.
But the Candy Factory was a different problem. It was right in the middle of the planned Park at the Park. What could the Padres do with it while still keeping it intact? The answer was literally picking the whole building up and moving it a block east, at a cost of $2.5 million dollars.
Here’s an old Cox Channel 4 San Diego Insider story from 2008 about the move, restoration and plans for the building.
Note that it was ready for businesses to move in back in 2008, which means it’s been empty going on five years now. I know the Padres have talked about making the ground floor a number of different things; from a Padres Hall of Fame to another in-game restaurant to another Padres Store.
There’s still nothing in there. Last year, I noticed a couple of games where the Padres had corporate pre-game parties on the ground floor. This year, Phil’s BBQ has taken up most of the outside wall on the Park at the Park side. For all I know, the Padres may very well just be using it as a giant storage shed now.
Saturday night, Fox Sports San Diego had a crane shot of the Candy Factory while coming back from commercial. I mentioned the shot on Twitter* and got a couple of replies stating what people would like to see in there.
*(Actually, I said it was the “Crowley Candy Company” building. Because I’m an idiot.)
There were a few good suggestions. So I decided to put it up for a vote.
Not that this will mean anything, but I’m interested to see what you think the Padres should do with the building.
So vote now.
(Write-in votes are not allowed. But if you have another and/or better idea, put it in the comments.)
UPDATE: Gaslamp Ball demanded that I add a choice. So, in the spirit of Padres blog harmony, I will comply. In favor. Dengue fever.
— Gaslamp Ball (@gaslampball) June 5, 2013
I’ll tell you that I would like to see the Padres make it into a Padres Hall of Fame. A real one. Take those lockers out of the Western Metal building and rebrand that bar as the Western Metal Bar & Grill. No one I know calls it the Hall of Fame Bar & Grill anyway. Probably because a lot of them don’t know that’s supposed to be the Padres Hall of Fame up there.
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