Though it was designed near the peak of the retro-styled red-brick ballpark phase, Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, goes a different way. Its exterior is stucco and sandstone, with white-painted steel. Palm trees adorn the landscaping, and for a small fee, you can watch the game from the Park in the Park -- an open space above the outfield that's a regular park when games aren't in progress.
While Petco Park didn't follow the red-brick historical trend, it incorporates history in its design. The old Western Metal Supply Co. Building makes up part of the stadium, with the team store, a restaurant and rooftop seats. Around Petco Park is a revitalized neighborhood of funky shops and easy access to public transportation. Aside from all that, there's the great California weather, which makes watching a game at Petco Park comfortable -- even during the dog days of summer.