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McCartney makes it official: He'll play September show at Petco Park

The poster for Paul McCartney's San Diego concert.
MPL Communications Ltd. - used by permission.

Paul McCartney and the San Diego Padres officially announced on July 9 that the Beatle will play his first concert in San Diego since 1976 on Sept. 28 at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team. The announcement was made by Padres president and chief executive officer Michael Dee and San Diego Mayor Mike Faulconer.

"This is a great moment for the Padres and San Diego," Dee said. “We could not think of a better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Petco Park than with Paul McCartney’s first show here. Anyone who has seen Paul live knows that his performance is much more than a concert, so it’s fitting that he will be playing Petco Park, which is much more than a ballpark.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Paul McCartney back to San Diego for the first time in nearly four decades,” said Mayor Faulconer. “Petco Park has served not only as home to the San Diego Padres, but as the backdrop for countless memorable moments for families and visitors to America’s Finest City. Paul McCartney’s upcoming show may be the most memorable yet." The announcement included a video preview of the show with songs and comments from McCartney.

Tickets for Paul’s return to San Diego will go on sale to the general public Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, July 14 at 10 a.m. San Diego Padres season ticket members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, July 17 at 10 a.m.

Tickets will be available on the Padres website and all Ticketmaster locations. Suites and premium hospitality spaces will be available for purchase by phone at 619.795.5060 or by email at A presale will also be held for McCartney website members.

On the date of the McCartney show, the Padres will be conveniently away from Petco Park. The baseball team will be on their final road trip of the season playing the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

This will be the first full-venue concert at Petco Park since Madonna played the ballpark Nov. 4, 2008. With the stage located in center field, and tickets ranging in price from $23 to $253.50, capacity for the Paul McCartney show will be just over 42,000.

The concert announcement was hinted at Tuesday after identical press releases were released by both AEG Live/Goldenvoice and the San Diego Padres. “Online announcement of a major entertainment event coming 'OUT THERE' to San Diego’s Petco Park,” the cryptic press release read. The Padres Twitter account @Padres also tweeted a hint of its own. “Special #PetcoPark anniversary announcement coming tomorrow. Stay tuned,” it said.

McCartney, in the midst of his Out There! tour, has a busy schedule ahead. Shows are set for Aug. 10 in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, Aug. 12 in Phoenix at US Airways Center and Aug. 14 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and then a long gap until Oct. 2, when he'll play Lubbock, Texas. That's when a string of shows originally scheduled for June and later postponed after he was hospitalized for a virus begins. No additional shows are in the works for the tour, reports say.

The last time McCartney played San Diego for a ticketed concert was way back in June, 1976 at the San Diego Sports Arena with Wings on the Wings Over America tour. Local media, as recently as April, has run stories asking why McCartney hasn't played the city since then. More recently, he surprised the wife of financier Ralph Whitworth at a private charity show in 2003 in nearby Rancho Santa Fe for her 50th birthday on Feb. 22, 2003.

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