Live music is officially back for the summer bringing a taste of normalcy back to a community eagerly awaiting some change.

“It’s great to get out and do something for a change,” said Barbara Morten, San Diego resident.

Thousands of music lovers were thrilled to line up and get in to see Ziggy Marley.

“This is exciting, really exciting,” said Morten. “We are here early so that’s how excited we are.”

This weekend marks the first time since the pandemic started that the park hosts a live music event this size.

“[I’m] super excited, super pumped to get to see Ziggy perform bob tonight,” said Jeff Quiseng, San Diego resident. “It’s the first show in a long time and I think everyone is just itching to get out.”

Concert staff estimate about 7,000 people attended last night’s concert with the Beach Boys and another 7,000 were back for Ziggy Marley’s.

“The shows are both sold out and people are just excited to get back to live music,” said Jaclyn Lasch, vice president of special events at Petco Park.

Also benefiting from the return of concerts are local restaurants near the park.

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