April 13, 2004

Last week marked the opening of San Diego's Petco Park, a $449 million baseball stadium four blocks from the city’s convention center. The new home of the San Diego Padres features 38 on-site venues as well as a dedicated event-services department to assist planners. The 511-room Omni San Diego Hotel also opened last week, offering 20,000 square feet of function space, one ballroom and an 8,000-square-foot rooftop terrace.

The 43,500-seat Citizens Bank Park, the new home of the Philadelphia Phillies, held its first baseball game Monday. Every area, including the field, can be rented for special events, most notably the 10,200-square-foot upscale Diamond Club Level lounge and a variety of party suites and galleries, from 400 square feet to 8,500 square feet.

A new 17,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed lobby and an 85,000-square-foot plaza at the Brooklyn Museum of Art will open Friday, the fruits of a $63 million expansion. Receptions of 1,500 can fit in the lobby, and the museum as a whole can accommodate a maximum of 10,000. The Brooklyn museum holds the second-largest collection of art in the United States. Also in New York City, The Museum of Modern Art announced last week that it will reopen its Manhattan galleries Nov. 20, following an $858 million expansion and renovation, nearly doubling its size to 630,000 square feet.