Park at the Park

Like the Western Metal Supply Building, the Park at the Park at Petco Park is one of the creative quirks that makes attending a San Diego Padres game a unique experience.

The Park at the Park is a park in the Park

Located outside the outfield wall but inside the Petco gates (so YES you do need a ticket on Padres game days), the Park at the Park is a grassy area of approximately 2.8 acres. It contains a mini little league infield diamond, trees, a statue of Tony Gwynn, and lots of area to sprawl out to picnic and play. Bring a blanket!

Is The Park Open?

Due to the bonkers 2020 season, the Park will be closed on Padres game days. However it will be open for Away games. It offers splendid lawn seating to watch the game on an enormous TV monitor. Enormous. So you won’t miss a pixel of baseball action taking place right on the other side.

Park at the Park

Can we see the field?

Not really? I mean yes of course. Well sort of. Listen, you are unmistakably at the ballpark. You do get that vibe 100%. You can see slices of the field as well as all the action on the exclusive Park at the Park screen. But is it easy to keep up with the pitch by pitch action? No. That’s not really what the Park at the Park is about. It’s about families. It’s about spreading out. It’s about Phils BBQ.

Park at the Park Tickets

Tickets for admission range from $15 to $29.50. Prices flex based on demand and quality of the Padres opponent, but its still the best bargain for families at Petco! If you are trying to buy tickets online, do not be discouraged if you see none available. You cannot purchase “Park at the Park” tickets until 2 weeks before the date of the Padres game you would like to attend. All tickets are general admission.

Do my children need tickets to enter Park at the Park?

Yes. Children need tickets to the Park at the Park unless they are under 36 inches. Children under 36 inches can enter Petco Park free without a ticket. (This is true in regular sections as well, as long as they sit on your lap and do not occupy a seat.)

Park at the Park Concessions

Don’t worry, mamas and dads, there is plenty of access to beer vendors in the Park at the Park (a frequently asked question). In fact you have freedom to access all of Petco Park’s concessions.

New Concert Venue

In 2019, the Padres and Live Nation unveiled the new Sycuan Stage, a concert venue inside the Park At The Park. The venue has committed to at least eight national acts annually.

Social Distancing

In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic created the need for social distancing in the Park at the Park. Socially distanced pods have been painted on the grass for groups up to 6 people.

Gallagher Square Social Distancing - Click for source

When games are not going on, the Park at the Park is free and open to the public and enjoyed as a local neighborhood park in downtown San Diego. Pets are welcome when there are no games as long as they are on a leash.

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