Sports: New Homes For Phils And Pods

Two beautiful ballparks with dreary corporate names just opened, both hosting teams that hope to turn around miserable legacies. Jamie Reno and Steven Levy scouted San Diego's Petco Park and Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.


San Diego: In downtown East Village area, its sandstone exterior, waterfall stairway and open terraces mirror city's breezy spirit.

Philly: Set in sea of parking lots, a sweet variation on Camden Yards retro, with a nod to old Shibe Park. Nice skyline view.


San Diego: Has 42,500 close-to-the-action seats and room to hang in Park at the Park, an open lawn area beyond the outfield.

Philly: Holds 43,500, with great vistas and wide concourses. Coolest perch: rooftop bleachers in right center.


San Diego: Despite stacking lineup with sluggers, Padres hit only three dingers in first nine-game homestand.

Philly: Balls were flying over the fences the first week. Jim Thome will hit a ton. Unfortunately, foes have been hitting more.


San Diego: Besides hot dogs, California cuisine: Asian salad, blackened chicken and Rubio's fish tacos. Ommm.

Philly: Whiz-covered cheesesteaks and Bull Luzinski's BBQ in Ashburn Alley food court anchor a cholesterol paradise. Maalox!


San Diego: Among the few complaints: seats too close together and some obstructed views.

Philly: The "Memory Lane" history display (a.k.a. "Nightmare Alley") is literally within spitting distance of visitors' bullpen. By game five, it was blocked off.