Located in downtown San Diego, Petco Park is an open-air ballpark that opened in 2004, replacing Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium as the home park of MLB's San Diego Padres. The park was named after the pet supplies retailer Petco, which is based in San Diego and paid for the naming rights until 2026. The state-of-the-art fan amenities suit every taste and budget, offering a relaxed, yet dynamic atmosphere that reflects the unique charm and spirit of San Diego. Although the park was built for baseball, during the offseason it hosts concerts, Comic-Con events in the summer and a holiday wonderland around Christmas.
Petco Park Parking
Arrive early, since traffic and construction can cause delays with parking. Visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase parking online for a discounted rate at a Padres-preferred lot. Petco Parking is handled by Ace Parking Management and lots are located on the west side of the ballpark at 6th Avenue and K Street. On the east side of the ballpark, guests may use the lot at 10th Avenue and Park Boulevard. You can also park across the street at the Convention Center lot for about $10-$15. Other parking lots around downtown range from $5-30 depending how close you park to the ballpark.
Hotels near Petco Park
There are tons of options to stay near Petco Park from luxury hotels to more modest ones. Here are the best hotels:
- Omni San Diego Hotel: Located in the Gaslamp Quarter, this upscale high-rise connects to Petco Park baseball stadium via a skywalk.
- San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter: Great location and a really nice rooftop bar.
- Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter: Set in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, this contemporary hotel is a five minute walk from Petco Park ballpark.
- For travelers on a budget, the Comfort Inn Gaslamp Convention Center has the best rates.
Seating at Petco Park
Petco Park can accommodate 42,500 fans. There are a total of 5,000 club seats and 58 luxury suites at the ballpark. Consult the Petco Park's seating chart before purchasing tickets, so you can get an idea of where to sit. The most comfortable seats with the best views at the ballpark come from the premium seating located at Toyota Terrace, Premier Club or the Tower Loft suites. These suites boast a one-of-a-kind view that showcases the action on the field and the cityscape of beautiful downtown San Diego. The best section for families on a budget is the bleachers.
Food at Petco Park
Every kind of food you can dream of is available at Petco Park. From traditional hot dogs to crepes to an elite buffet and everything in between.
- Phil's BBQ: The local's favorite barbecue joint is located in the field level. It has seating and a bigger menu than its restaurant in Point Loma.
- Pizza Port: Another local favorite for pizza and beer. This one is located in the upper deck.
- Lucha Libre: For the best burritos and cervezas. You'll find Lucha at Toyota Terrace on the second level.
Beer at Petco Park
San Diego is home to a big craft beer scene. You can find several of these at Petco Park and some microbreweries inside. Local breweries include Stone, Ballast Point, Alesmith, Pizza Port, Mike Hess and many others. The usual beers are also available: Budweiser, Bud Light and Miller Lite. Craft beer goes for as much as $15, but there are some cheaper options around the ballpark.
Parking alternatives at Petco Park
Leave the car at home and take a taxi or an Uber to the ballpark. If not, park at Qualcomm Stadium or Old Town for free and take the trolley. It stops at a short distance from the ballpark. You can also take bus 11 or 929. Stop at Park Blvd & 10th to be at walking distance from the stadium.
What to bring to Petco Park
You can bring to the ballpark essentials like a backpack, sunscreen, towels, sealed small water bottles, cameras and video cameras, cushions and small banners. Also fruit in slices, popcorn, peanuts and juice boxes. Pets are not allowed, except service animals.
Insider tip for Petco Park
There is a Gluten Free cart at Petco Park for fans with dietary restrictions. It sells burgers, hot dogs, pretzels and even gluten-free beer.
Author's bio: Rose Wheeler has lived in San Diego for over nine years. She's been published in "La Jolla Patch," "Global Post" and Yahoo. Her blog regularly features great local finds and trending style tips.