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Must-Sees at Petco Park

A one-of-a-kind ballpark with undeniable San Diego personality

Here’s a list of the can’t-miss things to see, do and sample when you visit Petco Park.

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, do and eat when you visit Petco Park.

Batting Practice from Left Field

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 home-run ball.

Western Metal Supply Building Deck Bar

Petco Park is a 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.

Tony Gwynn Plaza

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 the area known as Tony Gwynn Plaza.

Gallagher Square

This inviting, family-minded space serves as the park's "town square", with a broad swath of lawn bordered by pathways and shade trees. Gallagher Square — which doubles as a public park when games aren’t happening — also takes in the newly upgraded Play Ball Field for baseball-loving youngsters, and is home to the Sycuan Stage, a place for major concert events.

Post-Game Concerts

With a little bit of planning, you can get a game and a concert with one ticket. Throughout the season there are periodic postgame musical performances at the Sycuan Stage in Gallagher Square. Past artists have included Nelly, O.A.R. and Lil Jon. Petco Park also hosts a major concert series in the main part of the venue: Artists heading to Petco in 2022 include Red Hot Chili Peppers (July 27) and Elton John (Nov. 9).

Toyota Terrace

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.

Beer Alley

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 Other View

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.

Baseball on the Boardwalk

SoCal beach life meets Padres baseball vibes with Petco Park’s Craft Pier, a two-tiered deck area behind center field that can accommodate groups of up to 650 people. The boardwalk-inspired zone, themed to San Diego’s craft-beer culture, features everything from oversized lifeguard-style seating to a surfboard pit. And it offers a primo view of the happenings on-field.

A Beach With a View

A San Diego ballpark wouldn't be complete without a little beach flavor. Well, at Petco Park, there's actually a whole beach. The Toyota Beach is a sandy area in front of the Craft Pier, complete with lounge chairs, where kids and adults can play and relax while watching the game.

Photo courtesy of Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres.

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