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.