Petco Park History & Milestones

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For Padres fans and hardcore baseball trivia buffs, a look back at the legacy of San Diego’s proud ballpark, including notable moments and accomplishments inside the baseball diamond and out.

Petco Park Firsts

First game: March 11, 2004.
San Diego State Aztecs vs. Houston (college baseball) before a college-record crowd of 40,106.

First MLB / Padres baseball game: April 8, 2004
San Diego Padres over San Francisco Giants 4–3 before crowd of 41,400
  • First pitch: David Wells (strike)
  • First batter: Ray Durham (fly out)
  • First hit: Brian Giles (single)
  • First HBP: Yorvit Torrealba (Wells)
  • First RBI: Sean Burroughs (ground rule double)
  • First run: Khalil Greene
  • First HR: Marquis Grissom (SF)
  • Also first extra-inning game. Padres answer SF with 2 in the bottom of the 10th

First Triple: April 14, 2004, Brian Giles

First Save: April 10, 2004, (Guess who…) Trever Hoffman

First Padre HR: April 15, 2004, Mark Loretta off of Hideo Nomo

First Grand Slam: July 31, 2005, Adam Dunn

First Balk: May 15, 2004, Sergio Mitre

First No Hitter: July 13, 2013, San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum threw a no-no in a 9–0 victory.
In 2021, Joe Musgrove tossed the first no-hitter in Padres’ history, on the road in Texas. (Story).

First Player to Hit for the Cycle: Not yet…

First Playoff Game: October 8, 2005

First Rainout: April 4, 2006

Longest game: April 17, 2008, 22 innings (6 hours, 16 minutes. Rockies 2-1 over Padres)


  • 2005 – November 11: Rolling Stones play the first concert.
  • 2007 – June 6: Trevor Hoffman gets 500th career save.
  • 2007 – August 4: Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run to tie Hank Aaron’s record.
  • 2010 – June 14: Earthquake during game vs Toronto Blue Jays. 5.7 magnitude. 8th inning.
  • 2012 – April 30: Three HR in one game by one player, Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun
  • 2016 – Hosted All-Star Game
  • 2020 – Hosted Neutral-Site Playoffs due to COVID-19

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