New HD Scoreboard (Finally) Coming to Petco Park

Along with a few other things

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The Padres today announced that a long-awaited and long-begged for high definition scoreboard would indeed be installed this offseason in Petco Park.  The new video board will be the third-largest of its kind in the Major Leagues, behind only Kauffman Stadium’s in Kansas City and Safeco Field’s in Seattle.

Along with the new HD board, the Padres also revealed new plans for the seating area in left field.  The outfield fences will be moved in approximately three feet and lowered a foot to seven feet to accommodate two new rows of seating in the lower section.  In addition, 110 seats will be removed from the lower section.

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The upper section will be almost completely redesigned with a new standing room only (I totally read this as “group section,” to be perfectly honest) directly underneath the new video board that will accommodate up to 270 fans.

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From the press release:

New Video Board Specifications

Dimensions: 61.2′ tall x 123.6′ wide
Total Viewing Area: 7,564.32 sq. ft.
Resolution: 1224×2472
Total Pixels: 3,025,728
Manufacturer: Daktronics

Comparison to other MLB Video Boards

Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners: 56.7′ x 201.5′ – 11,425 sq. ft.
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals: 105 x 84′ – 8,820 sq. ft.

Petco Park, San Diego Padres: 61.2′ x 123.6′ – 7,564.32 sq. ft.
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies: 76′ x 97′ – 7,372 sq. ft.
Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros: 54′ x 124′ – 6,696 sq. ft.


The news was met on Twitter with the usual cautious optimism and blatant sarcasm that comes with everything the Padres announce nowadays.  And for good reason, I might add.


This has been in the plans since the last ownership group which will not be named was in charge.  So anyone saying “it’s just a distraction” or “get some players” needs to stop and think before they start typing or opening their mouth, to be quite honest.

Having said that, get some good f**kin’ players for us to watch on that new video board, A.J. Preller.


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  • ballybunion

    I’d like to trust the drawings, but when the foul pole is the wrong color and too high, the Western Metal building isn’t to scale, the name is missing, the red brick looks like tan stucco, and they discreetly remove evidence of the huge National University sign, I tend to doubt that the board will look anything like the drawings.

    • AND THERE AREN’T ANY SEATS! ANYWHERE!

      The technical term is “renderings.” And they almost never look like the final product.

      • ballybunion

        Yeah, I know. I was just kidding. My sister makes those for a living, and I always bug her by asking why the stick figures in hers always have legs that come to a point. Still, it’s a puzzlement that renderings are still used, when photoshop could produce a more realistic view.

      • Would it kill you to put a “LOL” or #sarcasmdetector in there when you’re joking?

        Jerk.

        LOL

  • I’m really hoping that the “petco park” sign above the board goes away. At the very least, it should be modified with individual letters, possibly neon, so it doesn’t look like it’s a temporary sign (as much as I have loathed the name “petco park” since its inception). They need to have a very visible Padres logo somewhere in the outfield. Very excited about about the second video ribbon. RIP, overbearing Toyota signs.

  • Robby Deming

    I’m so sick of people whining about the money being spent on the video board.

    This is a good thing for the team. Stop bitching about everything, Internet.