SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park has a new address. It now resides at the corner of Tony Gwynn Drive and Trevor Hoffman Way.The Padres unveiled the new street alongside their stadium -- named in honor of Hoffman, who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame earlier this year -- on
SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park has a new address. It now resides at the corner of Tony Gwynn Drive and Trevor Hoffman Way.
The Padres unveiled the new street alongside their stadium -- named in honor of Hoffman, who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame earlier this year -- on Friday before the team's final series of the 2018 season. Hoffman was joined by fans, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego City Council members Chris Ward and Mark Kersey, and Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler for a ceremony at the intersection prior to the Padres' matchup against the D-backs.
Two days after the closer's Hall of Fame induction, the Padres organization submitted an application to the city asking that the stretch of Park Boulevard that ran parallel to the stadium be renamed in Hoffman's honor. The city approved the request unanimously Monday, with the Padres agreeing to pay all costs associated with the signage.
"[Naming a street] is reserved for a very special few," Fowler said. "Trevor is one of those few, not only because of his induction into the Hall of Fame, but also because of his steadfast commitment to his team and, most importantly, this community. We are thrilled that Petco Park will forever be located at the historic intersection of Tony Gwynn Drive and Trevor Hoffman Way."
The street naming concluded a season-long celebration of Hoffman; Padres fans this season were treated to Hoffman-themed giveaways throughout the season, fireworks celebrations in honor of his Hall of Fame induction and the unveiling of a Hoffman statue inside the stadium.
"Each [honor] in its own right has been equally special," Hoffman said. "The statue, obviously, the Hall of Fame ceremony and the parties surrounding it. ... Being able to drive down the street I come in every day and where I finished some of my runs when I was a player, and is now named after you is pretty cool."
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Asked how next season could top the year-long celebration this season, Hoffman replied with a laugh.
"Well, I turn 51 next year," he said. "Maybe we'll throw a year-long party."
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Katie Woo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo.