I believe it’s been mentioned on Twitter that the former site of Lane Field is being redeveloped. Lankford and Associates are leading the effort, which should culminate in 800+ additional hotel rooms downtown. You can read more about the effort here.
But we’re baseball fans first, not members of the Chamber of Commerce, and Lane Field holds some nostalgic magic. It’s where the PCL Padres played for 22 years, and where Ted Williams started his professional career. Because of that, in 2003 the local SABR chapter had a marker placed commemorating the ballpark at the corner of Pacific Highway and Broadway.
With the redevelopment there was concern that the marker would be removed, lost, or buried in a location it could not be seen by the public. Thankfully that will not the case. After the jump, some photos of the new Lane Field memorial.
Home Plate Statue, commemorating both the Field and Ted Williams.
A better shot of the park. You can see where the original plaque will rest in the foreground.
First Base/Right Field line. That aqua square approximates where first base was.
Pitchers “mound”. There won’t be an actual mound there, making this more artistic than functional.
I suspect there will be a dedication ceremony one the park is fully built, however I have no specific details on when that will happen. I also assume the original plaque will remain in the vicinity of Pacific Highway and Broadway, but I could be wrong. Tom Larwin of our local SABR chapter was kind enough to share the photos, and I thought you might enjoy them as well.