Petco Park

Petco Park is an open-air baseball park in downtown San Diego that is home to the San Diego Padres. It opened its gates in 2004, replacing Qualcomm Stadium where the Padres used to split time with the hometown Chargers. Petco Park is located between 7th and 10th Avenues, to the south of J Street.

Petco Park
Petco Park
Tours of Petco Park
Tours of Petco Park

There are many options for public transport that make getting to the park a breeze if you do not want to pay for public parking when you arrive. Take the San Diego Trolley or you will pay between $10- $20 for parking on game day. If you are heading down to the park and using one of the lots, be aware that a large portion of K Street is set aside for pedestrian use only, no cars allowed. The K Street Promenade provides access to the outfield entrances as well as the Park in the Park, a specially designated, grassy area beyond the center field wall where people can take in a game for extremely cheap prices. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, and hotels near Petco Park, making a day or night out to see the San Diego Padres one of the most popular events in the city.

Petco Park Seating
Petco Park Seating

One of the things that is a distinguishing characteristic of Petco Park from many of the other parks in Major League Baseball is its thoughtful design and architecture. It combines sandstone, stucco, and exposed steel (painted white) with all 42, 445 seats painted dark blue in an attempt to evoke the natural topography of the cliffs and beaches of San Diego itself. The decidedly modern and inspired design gives Petco Park a leg up on other teams in terms of style and accommodations. The open-air feel of the field is evidenced even in the concourses that open up widely and offer views of area attractions like Balboa Park. The usually crowded feel of Major League Baseball's stadiums simply dissipates into the southern California air at the elegant and modern Petco Park.

Petco Park Hotels
Petco Park Hotels

If you are planning a visit to San Diego and are attending a couple of games, you may consider booking a reservation at one of the hotels near Petco Park. Some notable hotels in the area that have been catering to visitors of San Diego for quite a while are the Hard Rock San Diego Hotel, the Omni Hotel, and the Hilton Hotel in the alluring Gaslamp Quarter. Besides a variety of hotels near Petco Park you will also find a range of restaurants, bars, and clubs. The construction of Petco Park was one part of an overall revitalization process for this section of Downtown San Diego. The park has certainly stimulated growth in terms of tourist attractions and destinations for residents and those attending San Diego Padres games. There are fun Petco Park events designed for the whole family right at the park, but if you are looking for a bit more adult-oriented fun, consider heading over the Gaslamp Quarter after the game for some food and a drink or two. You virtually cannot go wrong when you’re exploring the many attractions available to you in San Diego.

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