SAN DIEGO - San Diego-based Petco marked the 10th anniversary season of its namesake ballpark Sunday by presenting a $10,000 check to the San Diego Humane Society.
Petco Park opened in 2004 as the home of the Padres, who moved from multi-purpose Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley to the more baseball-friendly facility near downtown.
The stadium subsequently spawned a building boom in the East Village with condominiums, hotels and the new Central Library.
David Hazen, the president of the East Village Association, remembers what the area was like 20 years ago.
"It was a new frontier, let's put it that way," he said. "Then they decided let's put in a ballpark."
He says more growth is slated in the years ahead.
"There's a big development on the books in what we are calling Upper East Village – others call it Idea District – and that is on the properties owned by the Navarra family from Jerome's furniture."
To mark their accomplishments and prosperity over the past decade, the Petco Foundation handed over a check for $10,000 to the San Diego Humane Society.
"This gift that they are giving us today is going to go a long way to saving a lot of animals lives here in the San Diego area," said Dr. Gary Weitzman, who is the president of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.
Petco CEO Jim Myers said, "Our partnership with the Padres helps us connect more deeply with our hometown community while also raising awareness for local and national animal-welfare causes and finding homes for deserving pets in our own backyard. Petco Park is a remarkable example of the positive impact community partnerships can have. We look forward to building on the relationship and continuing our collective impact with the Padres for many years to come."
Petco also presented $100 gift cards to its stores to 25 fans sitting in a "lucky row."
Pre-game ceremonies before the 1:10 p.m. contest against the Miami Marlins included recognition of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Deputy Chief Lorraine Hutchinson. The breast cancer survivor is one of 31
honorary bat girls representing Major League Baseball teams.