Brent Bernasconi

Goings On for Padres Opening Day

Petco Park Left Field Panorama

Petco Park Left Field Panorama (Photo by SD Dirk)

I am glad to be the first to tell you that the San Diego Padres’ opening day is today! Okay, you most likely already knew that, so here are just a few of the things you need to know about what is going on:

Game Details:
At 3:35 pm, the San Diego Padres take on the San Francisco Giants at PETCO Park. For those of you lucky enough to have a ticket, make sure to pick up your free opening day t-shirt.

Events:
The game of course is the main event, but Downtown will be buzzing right up to the first pitch. KYXY 96.5 will be broadcasting live from the Tin Fish, located just feet away from PETCO. Over on J Street is the East Village Opening Day Block Party. Families and fans can enjoy entertainment from live bands and DJ Kaotik, taste samples from local restaurants, enjoy a micro-brew beer garden and much more. The best part? The block party is free.

Food and Drink:
Almost every restaurant in Downtown/East Village will have food and drink specials leading up to and after the game. If you are hankering for a Hodad’s burger but don’t want to leave opening day excitement of Downtown and drive to Ocean Beach, this website claims the downtown location is open. If it is, please let me know! (You know, after you enjoy a burger.) For the baseball and craft beer fans, the recently resurrected Mission Brewery is having a soft opening at its new downtown location. Make sure not to get too full, you still need room for those cracker jacks you will eat during the game.

Getting There:
The best way to visit PETCO Park is by public transportation. It saves you gas and parking fees. If you have to drive, there are plenty of parking structures near PETCO Park. SignonSanDiego has a great article about how to get to opening day.

Now, if only I can find a ticket to today’s sold out American pastime!