My Travels – MLB Stadiums: Petco Park, San Diego Padres (April 27, 2013)

After our time at Dodgers Stadium, Kara and I drove down to San Diego, the final stop to our Cali tour. We met up with our friend Katie who we met in Denver and spent the morning with her at the San Diego Zoo. We took a friend’s suggestion and hopped on the tour bus ride around the zoo. In a word: wow. We saw more of the park in a half hour ride than if we walked the entire time. Also, the gondola ride over the park is well worth the extra cost. You get a great view of San Diego and a relaxing ride as well.

That night we headed to Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. I love that it’s located in the heart of the Gaslamp district, a historic part of the city. We watched the Padres come from behind to beat the Giants in 12 innings, which made for a great end to our tour.

Jon and Kara at Petco Park

San Diego is a beautiful city to visit and Petco Park has plenty to offer for visiting fans.

  • Parking tends to be pricy close to the stadium ($25 +/-). We found parking for around $10… about 12 blocks away.
  • The Jumbotron in the outfield sections is one of the more impressive ones that we’ve seen. It’s covered in ivy surrounding the screen, and the back side allows visitors to see game information. At certain times throughout the game, flames shoot out of cannons on top of the Jumbotron.
  • There’s also a large section of grass behind center field for picnic blankets and lounging. Not sure if general admission tickets are sold for that section, but it’s worth looking into if you want to enjoy a picnic at the ballpark.
  • The food selection was very good overall. They have a gluten-free vendor (an automatic win for Katie), a fair variety of stadium food, and a few specialties to spice up the menu. There’s also a wine bar inside the stadium for the finer tastes of life.
  • Once inside the ballpark, be sure to find the “History of Baseball in San Diego” display. It’s very well done and is well positioned to catch your eye.

If you have time before the game, explore the sights and sounds of San Diego. Between the zoo, Mission Beach, Sea World, and the Gaslamp district, there are plenty of attractions around the city. Petco Park is a good park with some of the best sight lines I’ve seen so far. It was a good end to a great trip and it goes down as #20. We’re almost in single digits on our countdown!

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