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Here’s a list of the can’t-miss things to see and do when you visit Petco Park, created with the help of Padres Superfan Matt Schulte.
You could spend a day admiring Petco Park without even watching a ballgame. It's a one-of-a-kind ballpark with undeniable San Diego personality. Here's a list of the can't-miss things to see and do when you visit Petco Park, created with the help of Padres Superfan Matt Schulte.
While the players take BP, grab a seat in left field. You'll be close to the action with a great view of the ballpark, but most importantly, this is the best place to get a free souvenir. Fielding players often toss balls into the stands, and sitting here boosts your odds. Or, if you're lucky, a pulling righty will get ahold of one and give you a chance to catch a batting practice homerun ball.
Petco Park is a very unique stadium. One of the reasons is that it was built around the Western Metal Supply Co. building, a pre-existing brick edifice that was declared a historic landmark. The memorable building has a bar and some spectacular views, so come grab a drink at some point in the game and soak it all in.
Matt: "You realize how special the stadium is when you see how the architects incorporated the existing Western Metal Supply Co. building…They even had the left field foul pole run up the edge of the building."
Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters ever to live, is a beloved San Diego treasure - playing for the Pads for his entire 20-year career. "Mr. Padre" has been immortalized in Petco Park, with a 9.5-foot bronze statue commemorating his life, achievements and contributions to San Diego, both on and off the field. It's located just beyond the outfield in an area known as "Tony Gwynn Plaza."
The Park at the Park is just what its name suggests: a nearly three-acre park featuring trees, a picnic area and even a mini baseball diamond where kids can take some hacks just like the big boys. Fans can throw a blanket down in the grass and watch the real game from afar as well.
With a little bit of planning, you can get a game and a concert with one ticket. Throughout the season there are periodic musical performances held on a stage at the Park at the Park following a game. Past artists have included Nelly, O.A.R. and Lil Jon.
Watch the game in comfort in the Toyota Terrace, located on the second level at Petco Park. You'll have shade on hot days and will be close to some of the best amenities at the ballpark. While there are no bad seats at Petco (really…it's crazy), these are some of the coolest.
San Diegans love baseball. They also love craft beer. This is why Petco Park offers the best craft beer experience found at a ballpark, meaning you no longer have to settle for the fizzy yellow swill most stadiums offer. Check out Beer Alley, a row of beer stands each featuring suds from some of the many breweries around town. It's like walking through a beer festival on the way to your seat.
The upper deck offers a fun view of the game below (bring binoculars!) and a breathtaking vista of the cityscape beyond. The secret, however, is to turn around. Climb to the top of the upper deck and look behind the stadium. You'll get a unique view of the Coronado Bridge connecting to Coronado Island and, on a clear enough day, you can see Mexico and a couple of its islands in the distance.
A San Diego ballpark wouldn't be complete without a little beach flavor. Well, at Petco Park, there's actually a whole beach. There is a sandy area, complete with lounge chairs, where kids and adults can play and relax while watching the game.
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