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Friday, March 05, 2004

First Meaningful Post: Dry Run

I was just perusing the Union Tribune website, and came across several tidbits about preparations for the upcoming season at Petco Park (or the Litterbox, as family and friends have suggested).

Item #1: There will be an open house for Padre fans to tour the ballpark this weekend. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Extra special early entrance on Saturday for U.S. Military personnel from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday.

In a related note, citing Ducksnorts again, here is a link to some pictures of the ballpark from a special season ticket holders tour.

Item #2: For those trying to avoid traffic and parking hassles at what is sure to be a chaotic early-season commute situation, there will be a water taxi from Coronado and a ferry from Shelter Island for around $10.

I don't know how permanent this will be, but it sounds like a fun and unique way to get to Petco, although with the added time loading and travel plus walk time and $10 fee I don't know how much money or time is saved. If it keeps a few more cars out of the lots, I say go for it.

Item #3: Aztecs exhibition games.

-The first game at the 42,000-seat Petco Park will be a college baseball tournament Thursday. The Aztec Invitational begins with San Diego State playing the University of Houston.

The game, which starts at 7 p.m., is nearly sold out and will be the first test of how ballpark visitors navigate downtown streets and trolley routes as workers leave the area to return home. The tournament continues through March 14, with games each day at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Nearly sold out. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice. I might have to stop by since I'll probably be in town for Spring Break.


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