In the past, the page you are viewing has communicated information about Padres 2005 and 2006 NDLS playoff tickets. Now it serves as a complete history of Petco Park postseason appearances (where the Padres are currently 0-3 in three games) and a placeholder for the postseason success that is on the horizon. For the 2021 season, the playoffs are tentatively scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 5.
On October 8, 2005, the Padres lost the first ever playoff game at Petco Park. (7-4 vs St. Louis Cardinals). It was the 3rd and final game in a season-ending three-game sweep, in front of 45,093 fans. Despite the outcome, the game featured home runs by Dave Roberts and Ramon Hernandez, and a scoreless 9th inning by the great Trevor Hoffman. The Cardinals got spanked by the Astros in the NLCS
The very next year, the Padres and birds would meet again in the NLDS
. This time 2 more games were played at Petco. The Padres did pick up a win on the road but remain winless at Petco Park in the postseason, dropping the series 3 games to 1.
- October 3, 2006 at Petco Park. 5-1 loss. Starter: Jake Peavy
- October 5, 2006 at Petco Park. 2-0 loss. Starter: local hero David Wells, remember him?
Padres fans had hopes and a half-game lead over the Giants as late as September 26. But dropped 4 of their last 5 and let their playoff chances slip away. This also kicked off a decade of consecutive losing seasons until 2020.
2020 Postseason at Petco Park
To isolate players and reduce travel during the COVID
-19 pandemic, Petco Park was selected to be one of the neutral site venues for MLB
playoffs in October 2020. San Diego was the host city for an American League series. The San Diego Padres did not play in these games.
Playoffs were also played at Los Angeles Dodgers stadium, and for the National League playoffs, Houston and Arlington, Texas.
Note: Petco Park also hosted the 2006 & 2009 World Baseball Classic and the 2006 All Star Game. The World Series has never been held at Petco Park.
Tickets for 2021 Postseason
So for now, this page serves as a placeholder for what’s to come. As we type, the vision is a pandemic-free, well-attended, lengthy Padres playoff run in 2021. When and how to get tickets? Let’s just take it one pitch at a time.
For now, your best bet is to hope for a few lucky bounces and/or to purchase season tickets.
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