Park at the Park | Rules, Tickets, Hours

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 park gates (so YES you do need a ticket on game days), the Park at the Park is a grassy area of approximately 2.7 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!



When does it open?

On Padres game days, the Park at the Park opens up 2 1/2 hours before the first pitch. It offers splendid lawn seating to watch the game on an enormous TV monitor. Enormous. So you won’t miss a pixel of the action taking place right on the other side.

Park at the Park

Can I bring…?

Outside food: yes as long as its wrapped, and for beverages only sealed water, juice or milk. No hard-sided coolers. Pets: no. Beach chairs or lawn chairs: no. For more details, see what you are and are not allowed to bring.

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 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

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

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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