About Petco Park
In 2004, the San Diego Padres finally got a stadium upgrade when they moved into Petco Park. The stadium has a modern look, especially compared to its predecessor Qualcomm Stadium, and is located close to downtown San Diego and the city’s marina on the shores of San Diego Bay. In addition to being the full-time home of the Padres, Petco Park has also hosted rugby, tennis, a college basketball game, and several concerts.
Best Places to Sit at Petco Park
There are a number of club options at Petco Park sporting events that are typically the best places to sit if you’re willing to spend the money. The Home Plate Club, in particular, is usually considered the best because these seats are right on top of home plate and close to the action. Meanwhile, the Premier Club offers seats that are a little further back to provide a better overall view but still close enough to the field. Finally, Petco Park is known for having its 300-level seats closer to the field than most other parks, meaning you can get some of the cheapest Padres tickets available without feeling like you’re in the nosebleeds.
Tips for Visiting Petco Park
One of the most unique features of Petco Park is that it was built around the Western Metal Supply Co. building, a historic landmark in the city. Be sure to find the time to wander over there and take in the view of the field from the building and grab a drink at the bar.
Once you're inside the park, stroll along the concourse all the way to center field, where you’ll find a grassy field aptly named Park at the Park, as well as a statue of Padres legend Tony Gwynn that every visitor to Petco Park should check out.
Food to Try at Petco Park
While there are many wonderful food options to enjoy at Petco Park events, we recommend you make a point to visit Phil’s BBQ. Among other barbecue classics, Phil’s offers baby back ribs, a tri-tip sandwich, and a Broham pulled pork sandwich. The trick is to always save room for dessert so you can visit the Baked Bear late in the game and get a custom ice cream sandwich. Instead of boring old vanilla, you get to choose any flavor of ice cream you want and put it between two warm cookies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Petco Park located?
Petco Park is located in the downtown area of San Diego, California.
What kind of events does Petco Park host?
The most common type of events at Petco Park are sporting events. The ballpark mainly hosts baseball games; however, there are many non-sporting events such as concerts that take place at Petco Park.
Which team is playing at Petco Park?
Petco Park is home to the San Diego Padres.
Where can I park for free at Petco Park?
There are many parking garages and lots within easy walking distance of Petco Park – but they won't be free. Prices at the official “preferred parking” lots range from $10-$35. If you’re willing to walk, there are cheaper unofficial parking lots in the vicinity for where Petco Park sporting event fans can park.
What is the seating capacity of Petco Park?
Petco Park sporting events can seat 40, 209 fans.
Who owns Petco Park?
Petco Park is owned by the City of San Diego and the San Diego Padres.
How do I get to Petco Park using public transport?
If you’re wishing to get to Petco Park events using public transport you have an array of options. You can hop on the silver, green, orange, or blue lines of the San Diego Trolley. All options will drop you off right by the ballpark. You can even catch the Amtrak or Coaster if you’re coming from further away.