Along with a few other things
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.
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.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) November 6, 2014
From the press release:
New Video Board Specifications
Dimensions: 61.2′ tall x 123.6′ wide
Total Viewing Area: 7,564.32 sq. ft.
Total Pixels: 3,025,728
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.
— Ghost of Ray Kroc (@GhostofRAK) November 6, 2014
@singingfriar Now if they could only add the name "Padres" somewhere in the new area. You know, so we know who actually playes there.
— Billy Lybarger (@LybargerBrewery) November 6, 2014
@GhostofRAK "We're calling 2015 the year of Left Field" – Mike Dee no pressure Carlos Quentin…
— Tim Stoops (@timmer82) November 6, 2014
— Travis (@grayt1224) November 6, 2014
In the Padres press release, I have no idea what the phrase "creating a new single-game experience in left field" means.
— Sean D. (@WonkoSD) November 6, 2014
@Padres or we can get good players for once
— Cole Acosta (@c_mutt25) November 6, 2014
The @Padres are calling 2015 the year of left-field. Like, hey, you in the left-field seatys, wanna play for us?
— Spencer Hoffelder (@SDSportsGuy) November 6, 2014
— Sac Bunt Chris (@SacBuntChris) November 6, 2014
— leila (@likeleila) November 6, 2014
@SacBuntChris High-definition friar races that span across all ribbon boards?!
— Woe, Doctor! (@woedoctor) November 6, 2014
— Mike (@sdmike) November 6, 2014
— Point Loma Aztec (@PLAztec4Life) November 6, 2014
— Justice Parman (@JusticeParman) November 6, 2014
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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