Petco Park is a baseball park located in Downtown San Diego, California with a seating capacity of 40,209. It opened in 2004 and is home to the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). It is much more than just a ballpark. You can go behind the scenes on one of their guided tours, catch a ballgame, enjoy a unique concert venue or special event.

The Petco Park ballpark has become an iconic landmark in the city that serves as a destination for San Diegans, tourists, and baseball fans alike. It features architectural elements that tie into the surrounding cityscape and reflect the region’s natural environment.

In 2004, the newly constructed ballpark in San Diego was named “Petco Park” after locally-based pet supply retailer Petco secured naming rights. In the February of 2004, the San Diego Padres (MLB) received the keys and certificate of occupancy for the stadium and it has been their home ever since.

San Diego Padres Petco Park

How to Get to San Diego

The nearest airport to Petco Park is San Diego International Airport (SAN), which is located about 3.5 miles away from the ballpark. British Airways operates direct flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to San Diego International (SAN).

Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) is located 20 miles from Petco Park. Tijuana doesn’t offer direct flights from the UK but is close enough to be a viable option if you are already in the US. If you are within the US then you have the choice of most domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet.

Public Transport

Petco Park is ideally located at the hub of San Diego County’s public transportation network. All three (MTS Metropolitan Transit System) Trolley lines (UC San Diego Blue Line, Green Line, and Orange Line) and several bus routes provide direct access to Petco Park. Trolley service runs every 15 minutes and there are three stops within walking distance of Petco Park: 12th and Imperial stop, which services all trolleys, is one block away from Petco Park.

You could use apps such as Moovit to get directions to the stadium using public transportation.

Staying in San Diego

There are four main neighbourhoods within walking distance of Petco Park: East Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina District and Little Italy. Each neighbourhood has its own distinct character and offers a variety of attractions for tourists. The Gaslamp Quarter is known for its vibrant nightlife and dining scene, while Little Italy is known for its Italian restaurants and markets. The Marina District offers beautiful views of the San Diego Bay and is home to Seaport Village with some nice dining options on the water. East Village is an up-and-coming neighbourhood with trendy restaurants and bars.

Whatever your choice of area, there are plenty of hotels which can be booked direct or via one of the online hotel booking sites like Expedia.

San Diego Padres Tickets

The San Diego Padres sell their tickets via Ticketmaster.

SeatGeek has replaced StubHub as the official ticket resale partner for MLB.

Baseball fans can still use other resale ticket marketplaces to buy and sell tickets to MLB games. MLB will verify those tickets so buyers know they’re getting a legitimate ticket.

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown are before the selling platforms fees are added, so take time to have a read of my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the Ballpark App to your phone as it contains a lot of Gameday information for the Ballpark you are visiting and a place to check in and record all the baseball games you have been to.

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