The San Diego Padres have announced the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation will continue to be the exclusive Native American Business Ventures and Native American Government partner of the team through 2018.
The five-year partnership renewal brings the total length of the relationship between the two entities to 23 years.
“I’d like to thank Chairman Tucker and Sycuan for their continued support of the Padres and their many contributions to the San Diego community,” Padres President and CEO Mike Dee said before Sunday’s season opening game. “We look forward to many more years of this outstanding partnership.”
As part of the agreement, Sycuan will be the presenting partner of Native American Day at Petco Park on Sept. 19.
Sycuan will also remain the presenting partner of the Padres Foundation’s annual Shirts off their Backs fundraiser during the final homestand of the season.
The renewal celebration began Sunday night with a surprise Opening Night giveaway. All fans in attendance received a Jerry Coleman Tribute Camouflage T-Shirt. Sycuan is also sponsoring the opening series of the 2014 season, where on Tuesday fans in attendance will receive an Opening Day hat.
The Padres won their 2014 home opener, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 during a nationally televised game on ESPN.