Apparently the building was originally slated to be demolished, when it was declared a historic landmark. The building was incorporated into the design of the park:
The building is incorporated into the ballpark, with the left-field foul pole attached to its southeastern corner. It houses The Majestic Padres Team Store; a souvenir shop; on the ground level, party suites on the second and third floors, a public restaurant on the fourth floor, and seating areas and bleachers on the rooftop.Pretty cool adaptive reuse. Not that there was anything of note worth saving when Atlanta built the Ted, but I find the contrast interesting. I'm pretty sure that a lot of neighborhood buildings were demolished for Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, but I think even then the area was pretty bombed out. If I recall correctly, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was supposed to revitalize the area. Oops.
One city works to incorporate a ball park INTO the city, while another caters to suburbanites and their car dependencies. San Diego's stadium appears to have some surface parking surrounding it, but also a decent amount of other structures surrounding it. Atlanta, of course, has a sea of surface parking and deserted lots.
Also very cool: I recently saw a friend who has moved to San Diego. He was wearing a pretty awesome retro Padres Hat: