Tony Gwynn will be a part of the San Diego Padres forever. He'll be remembered on the team jerseys for the remainder of the 2014 season.
The 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.
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 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.
Fans will find free parking for the event at two locations: Two surface lots along Imperial Avenue (Parcel C lot and Tailgate lot) on the southeast side of Petco Park, plus the Padres Parkade garage (10th Avenue at J Street)
Starting Wednesday night and for the rest of the season, fans will notice a patch on the Padres players jerseys that will 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.
Parking Information for Tribute
The San Diego Padres have issued a parking and transportation advisory for tonight’s free, public memorial tribute to Tony Gwynn. The Home Plate and Park Blvd. gates at Petco Park will open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. The Park at the Park will be open throughout the day (Gaslamp Gate on 7th Ave. and the East Village gate on 10th Ave.). The program will begin at 7:19 p.m.
Free parking will be provided in three locations: two surface lots along Imperial Ave. (Parcel C lot and Tailgate lot) on the southeast side of Petco Park, and the Padres Parkade garage (10th Ave. at J St). A large crowd and heavy traffic is expected for this event. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to Petco Park to take advantage of the free parking locations.
To avoid additional traffic delays, fans should consider utilizing public transportation. All three Metropolitan Transit System Trolley lines offer direct service to Petco Park. The Green Line through Mission Valley will offer increased service to Petco Park, beginning at 5:38 p.m. on Thursday. There are multiple free park-and-ride locations along the Green Line, including 5,000 free parking spots at Qualcomm Stadium. MTS Trolley will also offer increased outbound service. For additional information, visit www.sdmts.com.
North County Transit District southbound Coaster trains will leave Oceanside at 5:04 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. Coaster trains serve all North County coastal areas, including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Sorrento Valley. RegionPlus fares include free transfer to the Trolley at Santa Fe Depot. The Coaster will offer northbound return trains departing at 9:05 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. For additional information, visit www.gonctd.com.
Gwynn Tribute Telecast
FOX Sports San Diego has announced that it will broadcast the San Diego Padres’ public memorial tribute to Tony Gwynn at Petco Park live Thursday, June 26, starting at 7:00 PM PST, preceded by two full hours of programming dedicated to the life and legacy of Tony Gwynn.
Thursday’s Tony Gwynn Memorial Programming Lineup:
· 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Tribute to Tony (re-air)
· 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Padres Social Hour (special hour and a half long episode)
· 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Tribute to Tony: Live Memorial From Petco Park
Gwynn died June 16th after a bout with cancer. He was 54 years old.