Petco Sales Skyrocket

Petco Park opens April 8th against division rivals the San Francisco Giants. All 42,000 seats will be filled that day as fans take advantage of the extra legroom. In fact, you can bet the top of the historic Metal Supply Company will be filled to the brim with devout fans taking advantage of standing room only. The sales thus far for the new ballpark have hit incredible numbers.<br><br> Note: The Arizona Fall League players are expected to join us shortly for exclusive interviews...

The San Diego Padres have already sold about 4,000 of its 6,300 club seats, which range in price from $36 to $275 per game, and leased 35 of 50 suites, which cost $85,000 to $170,000 a year along with a one-time membership fee of $60,000 to $90,000 at their new Petco Park facility.

Steve Violetta, the Padres executive vice president of business affairs, said because San Diego doesn't have a "huge corporate market," the team's decided to emphasize premium club seats over luxury suites when designing the new ballpark.

Single-game ticket prices at the San Diego Padres' new Petco Park will range from $5 for standing room areas to $40 for field box seats.

Last season at Qualcomm, the seats were $6 for outfield bleacher seats to $32 for field level seats. Qualcomm was home to the Padres for 35 years.

Standing room only tickets will be sold only when all tickets in the seating bowl have been sold.

Otherwise, the cheapest single-game tickets will be $12 for seats in the outfield and upper level.

The Padres said 10,128 tickets will sell for $12 or less and 17,430 will sell for $20 or less.

Parking will not be as cheap.

The team has announced that parking near Petco Park is expected to cost between $5 and $17, depending on proximity to the ballpark. Parking for games at Qualcomm Stadium, where the Padres played since 1969, cost $8 this year.

"We're confident that downtown San Diego has the necessary infrastructure to accommodate all Petco Park attendees, while minimizing the impact on our downtown neighbors," Padres President Dick Freeman said.

Notes:

Think the Padres are thankful right about now? The San Diego Padres at one time drafted Corey Dillon to play baseball. He would probably be demanding a trade right now, just as the team is getting better and has the ability to compete in the NL West.

In other news:

We expect to have all seven players in the Arizona Fall League in for exclusive interviews with MadFriars.com in the not so distant future. More details to follow as they become available. Two scouting reports of each of these players will occur as we have one pre-interview and post-interview to remain objective.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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