The following image was shot February 2, 2004.

The long awaited high-quality shot of Petco Park with the field lights on. Hooray!

The following images were shot February 4, 2004.

Silhouetted against the fading sunset. As seen from 14th Avenue and L Street.

Testing the scoreboard. I hope this is an portent of things to come…

With field lights on, from 16th and Market Streets.

From the Harbor Drive bridge.

The following images were shot February 7, 2004.

Individual day passes for the Aztec Invitational Baseball Tournament, presented by the SDSU Aztecs March 11-14, 2004, went on sale today. These photographs are but a feeble attempt to capture the excitement.

Home Plate Plaza, from the parking lot immediately adjacent to the ballpark.

I have longed for this moment! I'd better make sure the Pulitzer Prize committee has my current contact information…

Friendly, helpful Padres staff are on hand to assist you.

The first three ticket customers. No, I didn't make it there first. That honor goes to David Williams of San Carlos (center), who arrived at 7:30 am. Moments later Kerry Embrey of City Heights (right) took her place in line. I slunk into third place just after 8:00 am.

“People will come, Ray…”

“…people will most definitely come.” — James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams.

A barbershop quartet, "City Limits," entertained the crowd. From l to r:  Dick Robinette,  baritone; Bob Holloway, bass; Rick Robinette, lead; Alan Sparkes tenor.

The Photographer awaits his tickets for the first baseball game to be played in Petco Park on Thursday, March 11, 2004.

Yahoo! Got my own season seat location!


Looking south  - and north - on Park Boulevard. Landscapers are working feverishly to get the many plantings ready for opening day.

After these two years shooting the ballpark it is strange to see people milling about!

Distinctive lighting fixtures illuminate the streets adjacent to Petco Park.

Signage outside the entrances to the ballpark. See below for a more readable size.

Parking lot east of the ballpark. Structure at left is the administration building, clock tower, and parking garage of the Metropolitan Transit System. See below for a larger view.

Scrolling panorama of the above image.

The following image was shot on February 10.

An electronic video screen on the south face of the Western Metal Supply Co. building, overlooking Palm Court Plaza.
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The following image was shot on February 13.

As seen from the 18th floor of the Civic Center Plaza building at Third Avenue and B Street.
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The following images were shot February 27, 2004, during an evening walk around the ballpark.

Streets surrounding the ballpark have been completed, and the construction perimeter fence has come down around most of the site, although vehicles in the ballpark area are still subject to traffic control. This is looking south on Tenth Avenue from K Street.

Frank Flanders, of Frank's Pedi-Cab Tours, posed for this portrait. His business card reads: Frank's Pedi-Cab Tours | See beautiful San Diego | from the comfort and ease of your | personal pedi-cab | (619) 807-9658 | Frank Flanders, Proprietor.

Rare editorializing to follow:

At this writing it remains to be seen whether or not Frank and his competitors will be permitted to ply their trade right up to the gates of Petco Park. The San Diego City Council has determined that pedi-cabs must stay at least two blocks away from the ballpark, so as not to cause a distraction to drivers nor tie up traffic... What were they thinking?

Above: Looking east from the ballpark we see the rubble from a building which was demolished in mid-February for more parking.

Right: The now-demolished beige building is visible above the trolley in this fragment of the February 7 panoramic shot seen above.

The brand-new intersection of Park Boulevard and Tenth Avenue. Note the Candy Factory at right.

A framed photograph of Mark Loretta at his locker is seen in the administrative offices of the Padres at 100 Park Boulevard.

One of the gates at Home Plate Plaza. Fans will first pass through these turnstiles on March 11, 2004 for the Aztec Invitational Baseball Tournament.

This breathtaking view is one of my favorites: looking up from outside Home Plate Plaza.

A small, two-tone blue banner hangs in the Left-Field Level Concourse (detail shown in inset).

This gated parking area features designated spaces for media trucks.

The beautiful suspension pedestrian bridge between the ballpark and the Omni San Diego Hotel.

This absolutely spectactular image is of the west façade of the Western Metal Supply Co.

West entrance to the Padres Store, located on the first floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. building.

The original wooden support columns and open beam ceilings have been retained and refinished in the Western Metal Supply Co. building. This shot shows the interior of the Padres Store.

Merchandise tables and display units await their final placement.

The original money vault of the Western Metal Supply Co. is on display.

The following image was shot February 29, 2004.

As seen from the MTS parking structure at 13th and Imperial in February, 2004.
Photo: Matt Zint