Cover Your Bases at a San Diego Padres Game

Fans of Major League Baseball are in luck when visiting “America’s Finest City.” Our own hometown heroes the San Diego Padres have been delivering satisfying slugger-fests in the city for more than 50 years. The Padres’ hallowed-ground home of Petco Park is widely recognized as one of the finest stadiums in the league, too. So much so that it was recently named the league’s #1 park for 2022 by USA Today, who called it “the best stadium in baseball.” Want to attend a San Diego Padres game while you’re in town? Great choice! Here’s how to get the most out of your day at the park.

Get to Gaslamp 

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Petco Park is one of the cornerstones of the Gaslamp Quarter, which is easily one of San Diego’s most exciting neighborhoods. It’s full of nightlife, restaurants and — of course — Padres baseball! It’s also easy to get to from our hotel. Rideshare is extremely reasonable, as are public transit options like the bus, trolley, or taxi. Our team at Holiday Inn Bayside will gladly work with you to arrange transportation to and from the game.  


Warm Up

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Taking yourself out to the ballgame starts with a little pregaming at some great Gaslamp hotspots near the park. The Blind Burro has a second-to-none selection of tequila and mezcal, as well as some tasty Mexican food favorites. Bub’s at the Ballpark is a great place to surround yourself with a little baseball ambience. And Altitude Sky Lounge has such a great view of the park, you may just want to watch the game from there! 


Grab Your Tickets

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Catching a game at Petco is simple. Single-game tickets are available from a variety of sources, but the best availability will always be via the Padres’ official ticketing website. There, you can pick up seats for a game, a series, or even go all-in and get season tickets. There are also typically discounts available, as well as special promotional events depending on the day you want to attend. So pick your game, pick your seats and go!


Settle in With Snacks

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As the song goes, a game just isn’t a game without some peanuts and Cracker Jack. Of course, if you’re in the mood for something a little heartier, you’re covered there, too. Petco’s take on the timeless ballpark hot dog is the Friar Frank, a deliciously worthy entry. But you’d be doing yourself a disservice by passing up the tri-tip nachos from Seaside Market, a Hodad’s bacon cheeseburger, or a tray full of tacos from Puesto. And thanks to San Diego’s status as the “Craft Beer Capital of America,” you won’t go thirsty, either. 


Enjoy the Game

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From there, all that’s left to do is to sit back, and check out some of the country’s best players in the country’s best stadium. Root, root, root for the home team. Throw some shade at their opponents. Have a beer or two, and revel in the atmosphere. Then, when the final play’s been called, head back out into Gaslamp and find something else fun to get into among the area’s robust post-game goings-on. There’s never a dull moment!  


“Go Home” to Holiday Inn Bayside  

Headed into town for the game? There’s no better place to stay than at Holiday Inn Bayside. We’re just minutes from the stadium, offer extremely competitive rates, and incredible guest amenities you’ll love (like free beach-cruiser bike rentals, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a heated pool and even a 9-hole mini-golf course!). Take a look at our Special Offers page, select the San Diego travel deal that’s right for you, and we’ll see you soon!