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Access Type

Open Access Thesis

Document Type


Degree Program

Regional Planning

Degree Type

Master of Regional Planning (M.R.P.)

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded



This thesis analyzes the economic health of the dining establishments in

Downtown San Diego, CA, specifically in the vicinity of Petco Park. Opened in

2004, Petco Park is home to the San Diego Padres, a Major League Baseball

franchise. In addition, it serves as a venue for outdoor concerts and shows. The

venue is used for most of the year due to an expanded Major League Baseball

schedule, especially compared to other professional sports. Much of the

transformation of San Diego’s Downtown can be attributed to the late 1990’s East

Village Revitalization Plan, which included municipal anchors like the San Diego

Central Library, the San Diego Convention Center, and Petco Park.

By looking at the restaurant industry as of 2019, this thesis strives to

provide a better understanding of how an urban entertainment anchor provides

grounds for mutually beneficial conditions to small businesses. Additionally, this

thesis integrates the concept of economic health into the larger field of

knowledge around urban professional sports stadia. Further, this thesis aims to

burgeon a framework for taxonomic research of professional sports stadia.


First Advisor

Henry Renski

Second Advisor

Mark Hamin

Third Advisor

Wayne Feiden

Fourth Advisor

Emily Must