San Diego Padres Home Opener Weekend 2017 Guide

If you are lucky enough to be here in San Diego this weekend, here’s what’s going on during the 2017 San Diego Padres home opener series and also what’s new both inside and outside Petco Park.

San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants

Inside San Diego Padres' Petco - Courtesy Petco Park

To kick off the 2017 home season, the San Diego Padres will take on the San Francisco Giants. While the home opener on Friday is sold out, there are still tickets available for the remaining two games:

  • Friday, April 7 – Opening Day T-Shirt
  • Saturday, April 8 – Postgame Laser Show
  • Sunday – Compadres Kids Sunday Signings, KidsFest, Military Opening Day, Postgame Kids Run the Bases

> Find out more about the Padres Home Opener Weekend

7th Annual East Village Opened Day Block Party

East Village Opening Day Block Party

The free, family friendly 7th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party will be the ultimate tailgating scene on J Street between 6th and 10th Avenues. Show your team pride and “root, root, root for the home team” as San Diego kick-offs the party with fun family games, activities, and much more! Enjoy great food, craft beer, and cocktails from delicious local restaurants. There will be a bike valet at the Block Party.

Where: Sixth Ave & J St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 7-8, 2017
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the East Village Opening Day Block Party

New in Petco Park

Carnitas Snack Shack

Carnitas’ Snack Shack at Petco Park offers a variety of the thoughtfully sourced, pork-centric menu items Carnitas’ Snack Shack is known for.

Where: Left field seating area at sections 128 and 228

Wonderland Ocean Pub

Wonderland at Petco Park offers a full bar, beers from Resident Brewing Co. and a variety of menu items made popular at the original Ocean Beach location.

Where: Upper deck at section 309

Iron Fist Brewing Co.

Iron Fist Brewing Co. will feature several of its local unfiltered, bottle conditioned and naturally carbonated craft beers at a dedicated cart on Craft Beer Row (sec. 101-105), as well as at the five Craft Beers of San Diego locations throughout Petco Park (sec. 107, 211, 229, 305, 328).

AleSmith Brewing Co.’s .394

AleSmith Brewing Co. is partnering with the Padres to update and re-brand Club 19 to .394. This restaurant and bar will feature San Diego Pale Ale .394 and other AleSmith favorites, as well as a menu developed by Petco Park Executive Chef Carlos Vargas, in collaboration with Alicia Gwynn. Featured items will include .394 Chop Salad, Midsummer Classic Mac & Cheese, Pulled BBQ Pork Fries, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup, Tony’s Chicken Tenders, Crispy Fried Chicken Plate, Open Face Turkey Sandwich and Fried Chicken Sandwich.

Where: Section 217 on the Toyota Terrace Level

The Still by Cutwater Spirits

Petco Park will feature Cutwater Spirits’ Fugu Vodka, Old Grove Gin and Three Sheets Rum, as well as their ready-to-enjoy canned cocktails throughout the ballpark. In addition, Cutwater Spirits is partnering with the Padres to update and re-brand the bar and restaurant space in left field on the Toyota Terrace level. The Still by Cutwater Spirits will offer indoor and outdoor seating, field views and a variety of cocktails.

Where: Left field on the Toyota Terrace level

San Diego Padres Fan Experience

“Take me out to the ballgame” has a whole different meaning in San Diego. Petco Park is how this city does baseball, and it’s unlike any other fan experience. Located in downtown’s vibrant East Village, the ballpark is surrounded by exciting things to do. Inside, you’ll find fan food like you’ve never seen it before, with San Diegans’ favorite eateries and world-renowned craft beer throughout. Sometimes it really is all fun and games.

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.