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.