Padres fans will be able to get a bit of closure in the tragic death of legendary player Tony Gwynn on Thursday.
The team will hold a free public memorial for the Hall of Famer at Petco Park that will include special guests from throughout his lifetime. More than 25,000 fans are expected to attend.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re heading down to Petco on Thursday night:
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 7:19.
Fans can enter through the Home Plate or Park Boulevard gates, as well as the Gaslamp Gate on 7th Avenue and East Village gate on 10th Avenue.
Free parking will be provided at three locations: The two surface lots along Imperial Avenue (Parcel C lot and Tailgate lot) on the southeast side of Petco Park, and the Padres Parkade garage (10th Ave at J St).
Additional downtown garages will offer paid parking.
MTS is offering extra trolley service to Petco. The Green Line -- which travels from Santee to the ballpark area -- will have extra trains running beginning at 5:38 p.m. as well as additional trains when the event ends. There are multiple free park and ride locations along the Green Line, including 5,000 free parking spots at Qualcomm Stadium.
NCTD Coaster southbound trains will leave Oceanside at 5:04pm and 5:40pm. Coaster trains serve all North County coastal areas, including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Sorrento Valley. RegionPlus fares include free transfer to the Trolley at Santa Fe Depot.
Coaster will offer northbound return trains at departing at 9:05pm and 10:00pm.
Bus routes 11, 901 and 929 stop right at Petco. The Blue and Orange trolley lines, as well as bus routes 3, 4, 16, 25 and Rapid 235, stop in the downtown area within walking distance of the park.
There is no word as to who all will be in attendance, but a private ceremony over the weekend included Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Cal Ripken, Ozzie Smith, Barbara Robinson, wife of Frank Robinson, and Dave Winfield.
Last week, San Diegans wore Padres gear to work and around town in honor of the man affectionately known as "Mr. Padre."