Weekly Buzz (August 1-5)


Petco Park voted best MLB stadium in the nation

Take me out to the ball game at San Diego’s Petco Park. The MLB stadium ranked number-one out of all 30 MLB stadiums in an article by USA TODAY.

The list’s order was determined by each stadium’s “general atmosphere and design, plus its location, amenities, food, and quirks.” Petco Park topped the list, and there’s some great reasons as to why, according to writer Andrew Joseph:

“Petco Park is For The Win’s undisputed best ballpark in baseball. Really, it’s great. From the expansive views of the downtown San Diego skyline, to the vast local beer and food options, to the perfect weather, Petco Park is everything MLB teams should want for their ballparks. All that’s missing is a winning team, but we can’t blame the stadium. Petco Park rocks.”

To see who else made the top 10, click here.

Eric Clapton is set to release a “Live in San Diego” album in September

Bona fide rock legend Eric Clapton is releasing a new live record, recorded in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center in 2007. The album, which has experienced years of delays in its release, will be titled, “Live in San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale.” Clapton’s fans can purchase the album as a a two-CD set or a three-LP vinyl set exclusively on Songs include classics like, “Little Wing”, “Cocaine” and “Layla.”

San Diego athletes head to the 2016 Olympics

The long-awaited Rio Olympics are now upon us, and several of our own will be heading out to compete in the epic event. Some of those going include: Meb Keflezighi of Old Town, a champion distance runner; Coco Vandeweghe of Rancho Santa Fe, a tennis player; Steffen Petters of San Diego, an equestrian; Charles Jock of Mission Bay High, a track athlete; Jesse Smith of Coronado High, a water polo player; Nick Christie of Grossmont High, a sprinter; Sean Furey of San Diego, javelin; John Nunn of Bonsall, competing in the 50K race walk; Wesley Williams of OTC, a guide runner for visually impaired athletes and David Lee of Granite Hills High, a volleyball star.

We are wishing all of the athletes hailing from our hometown the best of luck in Rio!

Seaworld’s image improving since “Black Fish”?

The San Diego attraction park has been in the headlines for years now, mostly for negative criticisms against its treatment of killer whales and sea animals. CEO Joel Manby recently stated, however, to the L.A. Times that things are looking up.

“In California, we’ve gone from minus 13% two years ago, minus 8% year to date last year and now we’re only at minus 2% and frankly, we have no large attraction this year,” Manby said during a Thursday morning earnings call. “...We are seeing very strong indications in California that our brand issues are abating. I anticipate California growing next year for the first time in three years,” Manby said.

What do you think? Will Seaworld be able to rebound now that it has stopped breeding killer whales and is steadily working on it’s image?

Source: DiscoverSD