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On Wednesday evening, June 24, The San Diego Padres found themselves deadlocked in a 3-3 tie with the Seattle Mariners through the top of the eighth inning. Although it was a close game, there were roughly only a dozen fans in attendance for a new event at Petco Park, "Away at the Park," at which away games are televised on the big screen outside Petco.

Approximately two weeks ago Padres President and COO Tom Garfinkel stated in a news release, "We want to capitalize on the unique environment we have here by creating more opportunities for our neighbors in the East Village and far beyond to enjoy the area."

Downtown locals and business owners have expressed mixed reviews thus far.

"It can't hurt! We definitely could use events like this to liven up the neighborhood [when the Padres are away]," says a downtown resident.

A local business owner viewed the event with skepticism: "They can't get people to come to [home] games. What makes them think they can draw people in when the Padres are away?"

A Petco Park staff member was asked if the event has been drawing in people. "No. Not really."

There are concerns that transients are being lured to the Park at the Park by televising the games instead of attracting families and fans.

The Padres went on to lose to Seattle 4-3.

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SurfPuppy619 June 27, 2009 @ 8:11 p.m.

Is Padre attendance for home games in the tank??

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moxymeat June 28, 2009 @ 8:19 a.m.

What's wrong with free baseball on a giant screen? Especially if you can pack a picnic and sit outside. I was there this same night. I think it's a great idea for them to offer something like this, trying to bring the community together. Downtown consists of a very diverse group of people, and we should applaud that, not run away from it. The fact that people are worried about 'transients' ruining everyones time is just ridiculous. The night I was there, the homeless guys were enjoying the game and cheering along, paying attention to the screen. Not causing problems. There is security there, and I think if anything, we should encourage people to come out and give it a try.

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beermonkey June 29, 2009 @ 10:52 a.m.

Yeah? Well people downtown vilify the homeless like they're al-Queda. Anytime an issue comes up about downtown events, people complain the about attracting the homeless instead of coming up with solutions to the problems of economic disparity and lack of public services. To address Surf's question, I've heard from reliable sources that Padre home game attendance is the lowest ever at Petco. We can attribute that to the unfortunate fact that our team sucks, very few fans are loyal, and the economy's in the tank.

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asullivan13 June 29, 2009 @ 3:31 p.m.

It kills me that for as crappy as attendance is, you still can't catch a break. We won a raffle for Padres tickets through military housing. When we arrived on a Monday night, our 2 year old spotted her favorite "beach" area in the bleacher section and wanted to go play. Even though our tickets were in a better section in the stadium, the bleacher gestapo wouldn't let us in. My husband even asked the few bleacher fans if anyone wanted to switch, but no luck. Ultimately my husband bought a $9 ticket. Not to sound ungratfeul but geez...really? Couldn't we just sit there? The tickets we had WERE paid for & donated to military families; it's not like Petco was giving us a free seat. And if so, who cares anyway? I thought they wanted to fill up the stadium! I guess it's just always back to MONEY. I'd like to be a loyal fan but man, that really frosted my cookies!

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SpliffAdamz_ July 1, 2009 @ 10:22 a.m.

Well lets hope the padres don't decide to leave just like that pop warner football team we have here!!! The only problem with the padres , is DAGO don't have enough fans that enjoy going to a baseball game!! Maybe the players should hang out in the city to try and bring people to the games??? People might go to the games if they could meet or see some of the players in the city and not just during a game???

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