How Petco Park turned into football stadium for Holiday Bowl

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — Bringing the SDCCU Holiday Bowl downtown didn’t require the Padres and bowl officials to move heaven and earth. Just earth. And concrete. And seats. And sod. And a portion of the outfield wall. And … All that was in addition to contract language — a sentence unofficially known as the “Lucchino Clause” — that needed to be eliminated before a football game could be played at Petco Park. When they step on the field Tuesday evening for the Holiday Bowl’s downtown debut, North Carolina State and UCLA football players won’t have any idea how this all came about. How the Holiday Bowl de…

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