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About the San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres Tickets

The San Diego Padres joined the MLB in 1969 as an expansion team, but the Padres’ history reaches much farther back than that. In some form or another, the Padres have been at home in San Diego since 1936 when baseball’s Pacific Coast League came to town.

The minor league Padres have some serious claims to fame – San Diego native and Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams got his start playing minor league ball for the Padres. Williams helped the team clinch the PCL title in 1937 before eventually being drafted to the Boston Red Sox, where he’d make his mark on MLB history.


Joining the MLB

The Padres stepped up to the big leagues during the 1969 expansion, joining the ranks of other teams like the Kansas City Royals, the Seattle Pilots, and the Montreal Expos. While the Expos and the Pilots would eventually relocate as the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers, the Padres stayed right where they were, remaining loyal to their city and to the state of California. 

In fact, the Padres are one of only two MLB teams that are 100% California born and bred. The Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers all moved in from out-of-town; only the Padres and the Angels are native teams. Coincidentally, the Angels also take their name from an old PCL minor league team, just like the Padres.


Successes Proved Fleeting

Since joining the MLB, the Padres haven’t exactly met with as much success as they would have liked. The team has yet to throw a no-hitter, for example, making the Padres the only MLB team without this accolade. But San Diego has made it to the playoffs a few times, winning five National League West titles and reaching the World Series both in 1984 and in 1998. Still, they’ve yet to crack that nut and come home with a championship win.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the Padres play?

The Padres play in downtown San Diego at Petco Park, which opened in 2004 to replace the aging Qualcomm Stadium. This 42,000-plus capacity stadium stands right on Tony Gwynn Drive, a fitting tribute to the Padres right fielder who won eight batting titles across his 20-year career playing for San Diego.


When do Padres tickets go on sale?

Padres tickets go on sale before the MLB begins its regular season so there is no rush to check the Padres’ schedule and pick out which games you’d like to see.


Is it better to buy Padres tickets in advance?

With Padres tickets being available so far ahead of opening day, it’s easy to buy Padres tickets in advance. Believe it or not, though, you may not even need to plan so far ahead. In fact, you can often get great and cheap last-minute tickets to Padres games by waiting until the very last moment, as sellers will almost always drop their ticket prices as game day gets closer.


What’s the best way to buy cheap Padres tickets?

The best way to buy cheap Padres tickets, or any cheap last-minute sports tickets for that matter, is always going to be from marketplaces that connect fans and resellers. These platforms have some of the most attractive prices and are often the easiest way to shop for Padres tickets. Can you buy Padres tickets at the stadium? Sure — if you don’t mind paying through the nose for seats at Petco Park.


Why should I Choose Gametime Over Other Ticket Marketplaces?

Gametime is the best place to find any sports tickets, in particular cheap Padres tickets. Seats bought on Gametime are affordable because we charge some of the lowest service fees anywhere. On top of that, you’ll see the view from the seats you’re shopping for thanks to our panoramic seat view photos. This means that you’ll never be buying blind with Gametime. In fact, you’ll know what your view of the field at Petco Park will be before you buy those cheap Padres tickets. 

So the next time you’re in the market for cheap Padres tickets, turn to Gametime.

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