Public Memorial Planned for Tony Gwynn

The San Diego Padres have announced plans for a public memorial service to honor "Mr. Padre" Tony Gwynn who passed away Monday.

The tribute will take place on Thursday, June 26 at Petco Park. The event is free to the public. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:19 p.m. (Gwynn was No. 19 during his 20-year career with the Padres.)

Free parking will be offered at the Parcel C and Tailgate lots on Imperial Avenue and in the Padres Parkade garage on 10th Avenue at J Street.

Attendees can enter the stadium through the Home Plate, Park Boulevard, Gaslamp and East Village gates.

With more than 25,000 fans expected to attend, MTS is offering extra trolley service to Petco Park. The Green Line -- which travels from Santee to the ballpark area -- will have extra trains running beginning at 5:45 p.m. as well as additional trains when the event ends.

Bus routes 11, 901 and 929 stop right at Petco Park. 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.

The tribute service “will feature special guests from throughout his lifetime,” according to a news release from the Padres. Gwynn’s longtime agent John Boggs told NBC 7 that many of his former colleagues and fellow baseball players have expressed interest in attending the memorial.

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