Free public memorial for San Diego Padres great Tony Gwynn to be held June 26 at Petco Park

Memorial to begin 7:19PM

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres announced that a free, public memorial for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn will be held June 26 at 7:19 p.m., at Petco Park.

Team officials said gates for the memorial will be open at 5:30 p.m., with fans being allowed to enter through the Home Plate or Park Boulevard gates on Park Boulevard. Fans can also enter through the Gaslamp Gate on 7th Avenue or the East Village gate on 10th Avenue.

The team said, "The event will celebrate Tony's legendary life, accomplishments, and contributions to the Padres, to San Diego, and to the sport of baseball. It will feature special guests from throughout his lifetime."

For those attending, parking will be free at the following locations:

-- Two surface lots along Imperial Avenue (Parcel C lot and Tailgate lot) on the southeast side of Petco Park
-- Padres Parkade garage (10th Avenue at J Street)

Starting Wednesday night and for the rest of the season, Padres players will wear a patch on their jerseys to honor "Mr. Padre."

"The patch of Tony's retired 19 inside of home plate will be worn on the left side, over the heart. It joins the star patch with the initials JC, worn on the right sleeve, in honor of legendary broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who passed away in January at the age of 89," the team said.

Gwynn died Monday after a bout with cancer. He was 54 years old.

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