The Western Metal Supply Co. building is iconic and dramatic, and provides an essential cornerstone of the character of Petco Park. It’s gorgeous brick presence serves as a metaphorical handshake between baseball’s past and future.
Western Metal Supply Building Fast FactsBuilt in 190951,400 sq. feet4 storiesArchitect Henry Lord GayDeclared a historic landmark in 1978
HistoryThe business that became the Western Metal Supply Company was established in 1888. The building was commissioned by brothers Bernard and George McKenzie at a cost of $60,000 according to the city. It stayed in the family more than 80 years until the company was sold and the new owners released it in bankruptcy in 1975.
BaseballInstead of being demolished, the Western Metal Supply Co. building stands stoutly on the perimeter of the ball field inside Petco Park. In fact, the ball park was built around the building to accommodate it, designed from the building outward and even repositioned slightly toward the north (instead of the more common north-east).
Its corner represents the left field foul pole at 336 feet from home plate. If you hit the east side of the building, that’s a home run. For more than a decade after the park’s opening, no one had hit the roof. Rookie Hunter Renfroe became the first hitting a 435-foot home run onto the rooftop, a 1-0 fastball in the 3rd inning of a September 2016 game against the Dodgers.
What’s Inside The Western Metal Supply BuildingPadres Majestic Team Store
The Loft restaurant & bar
The Rail seatingThe balconies attached the Loft are called “The Rail“ and are compared to Petco Park’s version of Boston’s Green Monster seating.
TicketsYou don’t need tickets to enjoy the game from the Loft. In fact, for one of the best values in the park, purchase the cheapest ticket you can and then make your way to the Western Metal Supply Building. Tickets to The Rail can be purchased like any other seat; the ticket price varies based on demand, date, and quality of opponent. The Rail can also be bought out for groups and private events.
Parties and group eventsThe Western Metal Supply Building has views, distinctive character and a special energy giving groups a connection to the ballpark and city’s roots unlike any other area does. At 8,585 square feet, the rooftop’s capacity is ideal for groups of 30-300.
The other building inside Petco Park is The Legend condominiums.
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