Snapdragon Stadium Parking Lots & Tailgating Guide

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Supporting many high profile sports, concerts and events, there are more than 6,000 parking spaces at Snapdragon Stadium as well as a convenient overflow lot. It is recommended to reserve parking in advance, carpool, and/or take advantage of the trolley and other convenient public transportation.

Read on to make your experience as smooth as possible for SDSU football parking, San Diego Wave parking, and other events and concerts at Snapdragon.

Pay For Your Parking In Advance

This is the #1 tip. Do not show up at the stadium without first booking your parking space.

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Snapdragon Parking Lots

The stadium parking is comprised of multiple color-coded lots: Thrive Park Lot, Yellow Lot, Orange Lot, Purple Lot and Green Lot. View Parking Map

Note: The Orange Lot is gravel, unpaved, and therefore a little dusty. The Green Lot is where you will find ADA spaces.

Parking Lot Entry Gates

To access the parking lots, there are four entry gates. This can be confusing on gameday but there are ample signs to follow as you get close to the stadium. Try to be nice and even consider yielding to the clown who appears to be trying to cut you off. Here is some knowledge about Parking Lot Entry Gates:
  • Gate 1
    North of stadium
    Enter at Friars Road at Mission Village Drive
    Green Lot, Orange Lot, Purple Lot
  • Gate 2
    Northeast of Stadium
    Enter at San Diego Mission Road
    Green Lot, Orange Lot, Purple Lot
  • Gate 3
    East side of stadium
    Enter at Rancho Mission Road
    Orange Lot only
  • Gate 5
    Northwest of stadium
    Enter at River Park Road
    Thrive Park Lot, Yellow Lot

Parking Prices

How much does it cost to park at Snapdragon Stadium? Parking prices vary by event. Expect to pay ~$30 as a baseline, and as much as $50 for concerts and special events.
  • Note: Snapdragon is a cashless venue, even the parking lots.
  • Parking is the same price in advance. It is not any cheaper at the gate.

Bike Parking

At Snapdragon Stadium, there are bicycle racks conveniently placed outside the Northwest Gate, Northeast Gate, and along the east side of the stadium. Make sure to bring your own lock.


For guests with disabilities, all parking lots at the stadium have designated parking spaces. First-come, first-served.

FAQ: Is there free parking near Snapdragon?


Tailgating is only allowed directly behind your vehicle.

When does the lot open? Subject to each event, but for SDSU Football, parking lots will open five hours prior to kick off.

Tailgating Drinking & Consumption Rules: All alcohol consumption must stop 30 minutes after the scheduled event starts. No glass bottles allowed, no kegs. Cups and cans only. No selling food or drinks. You can bring food for your own group only. No kegs. You can’t bring your drinks into the stadium or outside the lot.

If you are the driver to tailgate at Snapdragon, the rest of us in the community thank you in advance for not drinking alcohol. Treat yourself to an extra pouch of Dippin Dotz.

BBQ No charcoal grills, oil fryers. Only gas and propane grills.

Tents Pop-up tents are allowed. Not in your space but at the end of your vehicle.

Footballs, Frisbees No throwing balls or frisbees. Projectiles like this are not permitted. A bummer for tailgating traditionalists but the bright side no errant throws to bonk your noggin.

Drones Nope, no drones.

Common Sense Have fun but don’t be the one who ruins it for everyone else.

Good news for fans of tailgating, plans are in the works for expanded grass tailgating in the River Park area in 2024. Read more.

Snapdragon Stadium Parking Tips

  1. Get there as early as you can to avoid congestion
  2. No saving spaces. Caravan in together if you want to park as a group (e.g. tailgate)
  3. Buy parking pass in advance. If not, reminder the Snapdragon Stadium venue does not accept cash onsite. Even the parking is cashless.
  4. Get the free Snapdragon Stadium app
  5. Take the trolley!

Make the most of events and games at San Diego's Snapdragon Stadium. Please contact us about info posted on this website.

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