Entrances and Entry Gates Guide

Posted in 2024 in

Entry Gates at Petco ParkEntry gates are your friends. Here’s our guide to unlock the mysteries of Petco Park’s entrances. Save valuable time and don’t miss the first pitch!

Entrance Gate Locations

1st Base / Home Plate Plaza
Home Plate Gate at Park Blvd. and Tony Gwynn Drive
Southeast side of stadium
Near the Padres Ticket Office
Across the street from Lexus Premier Lot.

Left Field / 3rd Base / Palm Court Plaza
Gaslamp Gate, Seventh Ave. and K St.
Northwest side
Near the Western Metal Supply Co. Building

Right Field
East Village Gate at 10th Avenue and K Street
Northeast side
Park Boulevard Gate at 10th Avenue

Gallagher Square
Downtown Gate at Eighth Ave. and J St.
Northwest Side / Left-center field Balboa Park Gate at 9th Avenue and J St.
North side / Right-center field If you are near the bleachers, outfield, or Park at the Park / Gallagher Square: Use the Downtown Gate entrance or Balboa Park Gate.

View entrance gate map.

Which Gate For Your Section

Right Field (odd numbered sections): East Village Gate or Park Blvd Gate entrances.

Left Field (even numbered sections): Gaslamp Gate

Infield on the 3rd base side, enter through the Gaslamp Gate near the Omni Hotel.

Infield on the 1st base side or seats behind home plate, the Home Plate Gate entrance is your best bet.

The East Village gate is often the least crowded gate, although all entrances have been running a little slow this year due to metal detectors (see below).

VIP Gate

A perk reserved for only the credentialed, read more about the VIP Gate at Petco Park.

What time do gates open?

How early can you arrive? Gates open 90 minutes before the game. Come watch batting practice and pre-game warm ups. What time Petco Park opens depends on game time: subtract one hour and thirty minutes in your head. Exception: Park at the Park gates open two and a half hours prior to game time.

Re-entry policy: Can I leave the stadium and return?

Fans who need to leave Petco Park during the game but would like to return may do so. Read more about in/out privileges.

Metal Detectors

The Padres are joining all MLB ball parks by screening fans with mandatory walk-through metal detectors at each Petco Park entry gate.

Vaccinated/Proof of Negative Test Entry

Update: there ain’t no vaccinated section anymore.

Bag Screening

Security will inspect all bags and containers upon entrance to the stadium. Save yourself from that long walk of shame back to the car, read more on prohibited items and bag policy.

Season Ticket Holder Entrances

Early entry is one of the perks of being a Padres Season Ticket Holder. Season Ticket Members can enjoy early entry access through designated gates two hours before the first pitch (which is 30 minutes earlier than commoners). Those gates are the Park Boulevard Gate and Home Plate Gate.

Suite Guests

Suite guests may enter through the Member Gates located at the Park Blvd and Home Plate gates.

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