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“Very nice stadium- large and good location”
Review of Petco Park

Petco Park
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Went here for a Sunday afternoon game... started by being able to find street parking right around the start time of the game and only had to park about 6 blocks away. There was a line at the ticket window but it moved fast. We didn't want expensive tickets so they advised us exactly where to sit based on where the shade will be as the sun moves... huge help! $23/ticket, sad in UR320- very glad to be out of the sun by the 4th inning. While the seats were in the sun though at the beginning, the seats themselves were scorching hot. The park is nice and has some smaller parks inside- a picnic like park and a mini baseball field! Huge food selection.. basically exactly what you'd expect... it was also clean and well taken care of which is always nice to see. And a huge plus for me- they have dippin' dots!

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

I visit 4 or 5 MLB parks every Summer. This has got to be, by far, the cleanest, and nicest park of them all. The structural steel is painted a lovely white, the ushers and vendors really went far and beyond anything I have experienced in other stadiums, there was a surprise in the food court, and the day was exceedingly lovely to behold.

Getting to the park was easy, as we took the trolley to the Gaslamp district. If driving, I suspect this would be a lot more difficult, but downtown San Diego is lovely. In the team store in the left field corner, one can see out onto the field, and watch the media set up for their pre-game. The Park at the Park, which is what they call the area of the stadium beyond the outfield walls, done up much like a city park, is lovely, and an easy way to relax and enjoy the day. Vendors, lots of ushers to help, and, of course, the Tony Gwynn statue. It's a great place to enjoy the sun, the Palm trees, and the cool breeze.

During batting practice the ushers do their best to keep folks in seats, and away from the players. They weren't rude, but we certainly weren't allowed to get as close as other stadiums allow. It's easy to get around in Petco, the concourses are wide, and even though our game was very well attended, I didn't feel crowded. The food is much like one might expect at a ball park, with a couple of exceptions. There is a burger joint, Hodad's, that came very highly recommended, but we opted for the fish and chips. Alexander's in the food court area, was simply incredible. Best fish and chips we had for over a week on the West Coast. Light, tasty, not too expensive, and plenty of food for our money. The other great surprise was the healthy market they had right in the stadium. Healthy food made right there for you, with plenty of new cuisine choices. Easily the best thing I've seen in an MLB park.

The crowd was pretty laid back for most of the game (the Padres are famously poor in their performance, so not a great surprise). Almost as if the laid back beach atmosphere of the city penetrated the ball park. The day we went, the Dodgers had traveled down from LA, and there were lots and lots of rabid Dodger fans to be seen. For most of the game, they were clearly in charge of cheers, noise, and excitement. Lo and behold, however, the Padres staged a comeback in the bottom of the 9th inning, and the local crowd really came alive, with chants of "BEAT LA" filling the stadium.

Prices were about what one might expect at an MLB park, I didn't really remark one way or the other. The stadium is newer, but they've done a great job of suiting the area, using the warehouse in the Left Field corner as a part of the stadium, and a simply terrific job of maintaining and cleaning the park.

The baseball was so-so, with moments of good (exactly what I'd expect from the Padres this year), but the whole atmosphere was wonderful. If one takes away the game, and the history, and the tradition (exactly what are the Padre colors, anyway? Sure looks as if they've had a bunch in their relatively short history), anyway, take all of those things away, and this could be my favorite stadium in MLB. But then, those are a big part of why I go to baseball games.

The folks who run Petco are clearly doing all that they can. Suitable for families, baseball fans, and even just folks who enjoy ocean air in a downtown setting.

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Enjoyable. Employees and fans were fun and inviting. Weather was perfect for an evening game. Be careful to plan your parking early.

Thank M B
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Right downtown, easy access. Can walk to restaurants and hotels and easy access to trolley. Food is a little pricy, but that's typical of ballparks. Jones BBQ is a excellent as well as the tri tip nachos.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Being spoiled by our local AT&T Park in San Francisco, I was truly impressed with Petco Park.You don't get the views that you get at AT&T Park, but the interior is nicer. It was very clean and had plenty of space to walk around. There were a lot of different eateries to choose from and they had a great collection of local breweries as well. We sat in the center field beach area which is a great place to come with your kids. They were entertained the entire game. They do provide a ton of beach toys, so don't worry about bringing your own. If you do want to sit here, sit in the section closer to right field as the center field wall is a big obstruction from your view of left field and is less obstructed if you sit closer to right field. The park is also in the gas lamp district with tons of restaurants to go before or after the game.

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