SBJ/April 26 - May 2, 2004/SBJ In Depth
Different parks, different places
Published April 26, 2004
The exterior of Petco Park, new home to the San Diego Padres, is a soft and natural mix of yellows, reds and tans, inspired by the signature cliffs of nearby Torrey Pines and made of sandstone tile imported from India.
Citizens Bank Park, opened by the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this month, is a hulk of red brick and steel, tribute to a Northeastern city that works hard and long and with its hands.
Petco Park celebrates Southern California’s weather and San Diego’s vistas. Citizens Bank Park embraces the Phillies’ history and restores the quirks of Shibe Park.
Petco Park has fish tacos. Citizens has cheesesteaks.
Petco is a pitchers’ park. Citizens is a launching pad.
Petco has a beach. Citizens has a bell.
Larry Lucchino, CEO of the Boston Red Sox, headed the Baltimore Orioles when the team opened Camden Yards and led the Padres during the planning of Petco Park. He calls the parks “two very different flavors of ice cream” and believes that each is perfect for its locale.
“Every market is different; every city is different,” Lucchino said. “That’s one of the great lessons I learned in San Diego after Camden, and I apply it every day here in Boston. Things are different from place to place.”