Padres Military Appreciation

Posted in 2023 in

The US Military presence has shaped San Diego into what it is today. While sometimes major sports throw a nod to our servicemen and servicewomen that feels more like show, in San Diego our pride and gratitude is sincere.

In San Diego, the military is not only our protectors, they are our neighbors, our friends and family. Our workers and our leaders. The military has shaped our landscape and our culture with its key ports, training centers, and the heroes who bring them to life.

San Diego Padres and the Military

Given the close ties between San Diego and the military, it follows that this would extend to our baseball team as well. This is most evident in the literal Military Appreciation events at the stadium, which began in 1996. It was the first of its kind for any national sports team.

Military Appreciation Sundays

Every Sunday home game at Petco Park, the Padres recognize and honor the individuals who serve our country. Through their partnership with USAA, active duty service members, veterans, and their families receive a 25% discount off tickets on Sundays. Every Sunday is dedicated to a different aspect of the military. It is an important tribute to all who serve our country.

Sunday, April 2, 2023 vs. Rockies
Military Opening Day
Sunday, April 16, 2023 vs. Brewers
Military Salute – Honoring POW/MIA
Sunday, May 7, 2023 vs. Dodgers
Military Salute to Military Athletes
Sunday, May 21, 2023 vs. Red Sox
Military Salute to San Diego Military Charities
Sunday, June 4, 2023 vs. Cubs
Military Salute to the U.S. Army and Army National Guard
Sunday, June 18, 2023 vs. Rays
Military Salute to Military Families
Sunday, June 25, 2023 vs. Nationals
Welcome Home Makin Island ARG and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 vs. Angels
Military Salute to Veterans
Sunday, July 9, 2023 vs. Mets
Military Salute – Honoring 100 Years of Training Recruits at MCR
Sunday, July 30, 2023 vs. Rangers
Military Salute to the U.S. Marine Corps
Sunday, August 6, 2023 vs. Dodgers
Military Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard
Sunday, August 20, 2023 vs D-backs
Military Salute to U.S. Navy
Sunday, September 3, 2023 vs. Giants
Military Salute to the U.S. Air Force, Space Force & Air National Guard
Sunday, September 24, 2023 vs. Cardinals
Military Salute to Gold Star Families

Often on these games you will see uniformed military filling entire sections in the upper deck of Petco Park. The team commemorates this with a special Fourth Inning Stretch featuring the Marine Hymn played by stadium organist Bobby Cressey.

Padres Military Hall Of Honor

The Viasat Military Hall of Honor inside Petco Park celebrates San Diego Padres and other Major League Baseball players around the league who served in the military.

About The Hall

  • Opened April 24, 2022
  • Funded in partnership with Viasat
  • Located near section 133 of Petco Park in the main concourse.

The hall is interactive space has two touchscreen televisions allowing fans to view information and record personalized messages to active-duty military members.

Padres & The Military

Here are some of the ways the military and the San Diego Padres are connected:

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