Padres up ante on concerts
The San Diego Padres are building a permanent concert stage at Petco Park to host smaller concerts, music festivals and culinary events.
The Sycuan Stage is being built at Petco’s Park at the Park — a grassy area behind center field. Sycuan Casino Resort is a longtime Padres sponsor. The stage area has a capacity of 6,000 people and can be opened to adjacent streets for larger festivals that can host as many as 10,000 attendees.
The project is expanding the Padres’ booking relationship with Live Nation. Erik Greupner, Padres president of business operations, said the plan resulted in a new three-year deal with Live Nation, which has pledged to bring in at least eight national acts annually to the concert area.
“It occurred to us that if we were to build a more permanent and significant stage structure that Live Nation wanted to work with us more and wanted to hold more concerts here in the Park at the Park,” Greupner said.
The Padres declined to disclose the cost of the project.
The concert stage is under construction and scheduled to be ready by Opening Day. It was designed by Scott Shepard, a project engineer at Kimley-Horn and Associates. The 64-by-28-foot stage will replace the use of temporary stages.
“The biggest difference is that everyone had to bring in their own stage, their own production, and what we are building here is really a state-of-the-art concert stage,” said Jaclyn Lash, director of special events for the Padres.
Petco Park will continue to book larger stadium tours that will use the field and main seating bowl at the ballpark itself. Paul McCartney is scheduled to perform at the ballpark June 22.
Two events have already been booked at the Sycuan Stage. LED’s My Life Every Day — which features popular DJs — will have a Memorial Day festival at the space on May 25 and 26. Rock band Coheed and Cambria, along with Mastodon, will be the first Live Nation show at the stage on June 26.
Lash said the Park at the Park area hosted three large music festivals last year and she now expects even more.
“On top of the musical acts we’ll do quite a few festivals in terms of food festivals, things like that,” Lash said. “We will also do corporate events. We are right across the street from the convention center.”