PETCO Park - San Diego, California
Petco Park, the new home of the San Diego Padres, has been a great addition to the San Diego downtown community. The beautiful
42,500 seat facility opened in 2004 and has revitalized the city's historic gas lamp district. Working with Spurlock Poirier Landscape
Architects, Sweeney & Associates, Inc. designed the irrigation systems for the playing surface, the stadium landscaping, and the
adjacent "Park at the Park" project. The irrigation system for the playing surface uses high efficiency rotor heads of varying sizes to
reduce overspray onto brick dust areas during irrigation. The control valves for the irrigation system are located inside the building in the
maintenance facility, leaving no valve boxes located on the field. The brick dust infield area has an innovative, high speed rotor head
system to reduce the laborious task of hand watering the infield to achieve compaction.
The stadium landscape relies heavily on drip irrigation for the low water use plantings used throughout the facility. Subsurface drip tubing
eliminates overspray onto pedestrian surfaces and is invisible to the park patrons. The "Park at the Park" incorporates rotor heads and
MP Rotators for an efficient irrigation system. Both the stadium and the adjacent park utilize a central control system to monitor and
control the irrigation systems. The central system incorporates evapotranspiration sensors and flow sensors to automatically adjust
controller programming and provide leak protection.
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