To get to downtown San Diego, you can take one of four major routes: the Pacific Highway, Interstate 5, State Route 94/Martin Luther King Freeway, or State Route 163.
There are over 27,000 parking spaces in the area downtown, 9,000 of them designated for Petco Park fans ranging from $5-$15.00 USD (depending on location). You can pay in advance for even easier parking.
Padres Preferred parking is right by the ballpark, and consists of the following:
Other options include the 8th and Harbor Public Garage, Horton Pacific Garage, and the 11th and C Lot. If you park at Convention Center parking, the Harbor Drive footbridge will make it easy to get there.
From the north, south, or east, you can take the MTS Trolley network to the Gaslamp Quarter (5th Avenue and Harbor Drive) or 12th and Imperial trolley stations, both within two blogs of the park. There's "special event"service from Mission Valley and Qualcomm Stadium stations on home game days, and the Orange, Blue, and Green Lines offer extra service after night games. You can park in a Park-and-Ride lot along the Trolley lines, or at Qualcomm Stadium (unless there's a major event there). Buses will also take you right to Petco Park. Routes 11, 901, and 929 take you right to the entrance, or routes 3, 4, and 5 stop nearby. (Limited service on Sundays.) For more info on trolleys or buses, you can visit the San Diego Transit website, or call 619.233.3004 (TDD 619.722.4889).
Another option is the COASTER train from North County - visit GoNCTD.com for more details. The San Diego Bay Ferry also stops at the 5th Avenue Landing behind the Convention Center, and the Water Taxi service is available to the same landing by calling 619.235.TAXI.
There are 6 ATMs at Petco Park.
Alcoholic beverages are sold at concession stands throughout the park (not within the seating area). Please enjoy responsibly, for everyone's safety and fun. No alcohol may be brought into or out of the park, and no one will be allowed in who seems intoxicated. To purchase alcohol, you'll need valid photo ID. Each guest can only buy two alcoholic drinks per purchase. The venue stops serving alcohol at the end of the 7th inning.
Bags must be smaller than 16"x16"x8" and soft-sided to be allowed in. All containers and bags may be searched when you enter. No hard-sided coolers or backpacks with metal frames, please.
For personal use, you can bring still or video cameras. Don't block anyone's view. Management reserves the right to ask you to stop recording/shooting at any time.
Don't disturb other fans with your phone use.
Kids under 3 feet tall can enter for free if they sit on an adult's lap.
To make sure everyone has a good time, Petco Park/Padres staff will make sure people follow these guidelines: No disruption of the game, and no trespassing in restricted areas. No inappropriate or obscene clothing, and no foul or abusive language/gestures. No inappropriate public displays of affection, and no public intoxication. Please sit only in your ticketed seat, and show your ticket when asked. Management will remove any guest who does not abide by these.
There are lots of concessions stands with a variety of food throughout Petco Park.
Petco Park offers a bunch of ways to help those with special needs.
Hearing and Visual Assistance
You can borrow an Assistive Listening Device from any of the Guest Services Centers on the Main Concourse - you'll need to give ID while you use it. There are TDD phones on the Main and Upper Concourses. Braille and large print menus and brochures are available.
All San Diego Padres parking facilities have spaces for guests with disabilities. There's free shuttle service to and from Petco Park from the Padres Parkade, Tailgate Park, the MTS Garage, and the 6th & K Parkade. There are also drop-off and pick-up locations on the east and west sides of the park.
There's accessible seating for those in wheelchairs, those who need extra leg room, and those who want to transfer from wheelchairs to a seat ¿ you can usually get a companion seat next to you. You can borrow a wheelchair at the guest services center ¿ you'll need to leave ID. There's also wheelchair storage, and wheelchair escorts upon request. If you need to recharge your wheelchair or other health equipment, there are outlets in most accessible seating areas. Ask a guest services rep for help. There are lots of elevators throughout the park, and all entrances are fully accessible.
Family restrooms are available. Service animals are welcome, and there's a service animal relief area. As a guest services rep for help.
On the first floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building, you'll find the Padre's Majestic Team Store, where you can buy lots of Padres merchandise. It's open on game days from 10:00 a.m. Pacific until one hour before gates, then from gate opening to one hour after the game. On non-game days, it's open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Call 619.795.5910 for more info. There are also Majestic Team Store Outlets throughout the park, three novelty stores, and merchandise carts.
Medical staff is on hand for all events, and first aid stations are on the Main Concourse at Section 108, and in Power Alley between Sections 129 and 131.
You can bring small amounts of food for yourself into general seating or picnic areas. No outside food in the restaurants, club lounges, or suites. Food must be wrapped or in a soft container, and must be sliced if they could be thrown (like fruit). Containers must fit under seats and be under 16"x16"x8". For drinks, you can bring factory-sealed bottled water of 20 ounces or less or soft-sided juice or milk. (If you have a medical reason, you can bring whatever liquid you need in factory-sealed plastic or paper.)
Gate times are subject to change, but most gates open 1.5 hours before first pitch Monday through Thursday, and 2 hours before first pitch Friday - Sunday. The Park at the Park will open 2.5 hours before first pitch. Season ticket holders are treated to special pre-game batting practice access through the Park Boulevard Gate.
If you lose or find something, go to the guest services center on the Main Concourse by Section 108. Items are held for 30 days, then given to charity. After a game, call 619.795.5401 for info.
Certain items aren't allowed in Petco Park:
Management reserves the right to confiscate or not allow in any item.
There are restrooms, including family restrooms, throughout Petco Park.
Petco Park can hold 42,691 fans.
You're welcome to show your team spirit with signs and banners, but make sure they follow a few guidelines - all approval is up to management:
No smoking (including electronic smoking devices) in Petco Park. There are designated smoking areas outside, but you'll need to get a re-entry stamp before you leave.
Tailgating is welcome in certain areas of Tailgate Park. You can only use your space and the area right behind, and don't block traffic. Alcohol consumption has to stop a half an hour after the start time. No glass bottles or containers, and no kegs. Alcohol can't be carrierd out of the area. No ball-throwing, Frisbees, bikes, rollerblading, scooters, skateboards, or other dangerous activities. Amplified sound systems are not allowed. Only gas grills allowed.
You can reserve an area for a tailgating party for groups of 10 "spaces" or more (each space fits 5-7) by calling 619.795.5010 at least two weeks in advance. The cost for this is $20.00 USD per space, and it includes an enclosed area just for your group, not your parking - you can also pre-purchase parking spots. All the restrictions above apply.
Box office hours are weekdays from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific, and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Additional hours on game days.
For guided public tours, private group tours, or VIP tours, call 619.795.5011, or go to the guest services center or box office.
You can pick up tickets at the main box office during normal hours. You'll need to bring your confirmation number, photo ID, and the card you used for the purchase. It's best to pick up in advance.