Vikings to Play At Petco Park

By Luke Phillips
The Holtville High School baseball team is offering a deal that fans won’t be able to refuse.
For $10 Vikings fans will get a chance to see their hometown team play at San Diego’s Petco Park and will also get tickets to a Padres game and a free car wash to boot.
The team is currently selling tickets for their May 8 game at Petco Park against Palo Verde. Anybody who buys a ticket will also receive a ticket to see the San Diego Padres play the Washington Nationals on May 28.
“It’s a big deal for the kids to get to play at Petco,” said Holtville Athletic Director Steve Cato, “It’s kind of like hallowed ground.”
The team will be set up at Baja Tire at the corner of 5th and Palm Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be offering car washes for $10. Any one who buys a car wash will also receive tickets to both games.
Cato says that the chance to play at the park is offered on a rotating basis. He says last year El Centro played against Brawley at Petco, and this year Holtville was offered the opportunity.
“It’s really an honor,” Cato said.
Money made from ticket sales and car wash donations will go toward the $5,000 rental fee for Petco Park. In an e-mailed press release, Cato said that the Padres’ “commitment to provide this experience to our athletes is a worthwhile investment.”
Cato says that the extra care taken to keep Petco Park clean and pristine offers a good lesson for team members.
“They even vacuum out the dugouts after each game to get ride of all the gum,” said Cato. “It really teaches respect.”