Padres unveil logo for 2016 All-Star Game
Just days after the 86th All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile concluded in Cincinnati, the City of San Diego and the Padres organization were already preparing for the week-long 2016 All-Star festivities.
On Friday, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and president/chief executive officer Mike Dee joined Mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer, MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred and MLB chief operating officer Tony Petitti to reveal the 2016 All-Star Game logo.
Padres Franchise Four legend Randy Jones joined the group on stage for the official unveiling of the 2016 All-Star Game logo, which features the Padres' blue and gold colors, along with battleship grey to reflect the city's rich naval tradition.
Sunshine yellow, sky blue and palm leaves are also on the logo to represent San Diego's gorgeous weather -- something both the Commissioner and Fowler agreed is another positive aspect of holding the event held SoCal.
As far as the logo giving a sneak peek to a future color scheme for the Padres, Fowler said that no decision had been made yet.
"We like some of the colors, but there are other issues we are looking at, so we need a little more time to make a decision. It shouldn't be surprising that [it] is one of the options we are looking at."
The 2016 All-Star Game is set for July 12, and San Diego will host the Midsummer Classic for the third time. The franchise also hosted in 1978 and '92. However, 2016 will mark the first time the game will have been played at Petco Park.
Fowler, who spent time in Cincinnati this past week, said he was impressed by the excitement the game created around the city.
"I went for a walk there in the morning," Fowler said. "I had no Padres gear on, and just the way the community reacted -- they were out walking and smiling. I just saw a sea of red everywhere. People were very nice.
"There were so many events, [and] they were done so well. The only thing that I could say was negative about it was the concern about the weather. Everything else, they just hit out of the park. It was superb. We need to top that."
Fowler added that having the All-Star Game in San Diego has always been important to the current Padres leadership.
"We made this priority No. 1 before we even got approved [to purchase the team]," Fowler said. "We actually went after an All-Star Game because we were worried we were too late.
"It's huge for the Padres, first of all. It's huge for the community."