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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