Gallagher Square Renovation
San Diegans will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Petco Park in 2024. To commemorate this milestone, the Padres will invest nearly $20 million to renovate Gallagher Square, providing fans and the community with expanded amenities, and building on the decades-long commitment to deliver “More than a Ballpark.”
Based on community feedback, the renovated Gallagher Square will include new and improved features for the community, all with an eye toward celebrating the Padres’ history and San Diego’s baseball traditions, including:
- Playground and Play Area expanded for wider range of ages and abilities
- Fenced, off-leash dog park
- Improved Play Ball Field
- Temporary Pickleball courts
- Tony Gwynn Terrace viewing deck and picnic space
- Public art displays featuring local artists
Additionally, Gallagher Square will be reconfigured in a manner that will allow for portions of the park to remain open for public use more frequently.
Improved Gameday Experience
The iconic statue of Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn will be elevated, and surrounded by an expanded viewing deck that provides great sightlines of games and can be used for picnics during public hours. Tony will also be more visible from the ballpark and better aligned with his teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman.
The project will also bring a new and expanded fan entry gate to 9th and J Street for improved security and wait times, and provide leveled, tiered lawn seating in Gallagher Square, where tickets are generally more affordable than other areas close to the ballfield.
Improvements will result in a more sustainable, state-of-the-art space by incorporating:
- Turf to replace grass, enhancing overall aesthetics and significantly reducing water and re-sodding needs
- Native trees and vegetation planted throughout the space
- Delay towers and directional speakers to reduce noise levels during events
A More Activated, Vibrant East Village
This $20M investment is on top of the Padres investing hundreds of millions of dollars over 20 years to build a vibrant East Village through economic development and the creation of thousands of jobs. Once complete, the project will attract more residents and visitors, particularly during the off season, resulting in:
- A boost to nearby businesses, supporting local owners, operators and employees
- Increased local tax revenue, which is invested back into the community
- More living wage jobs for San Diegans