Brent Bernasconi

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.

> Explore more of Petco Park

Brent Bernasconi

Get Excited For Fútbol (Soccer) in San Diego in 2017

On one hand, San Diego is sad to lose it’s football team. On the other hand, California’s Beach City and it’s local supporting group The American Outlaws (pictured above) are excited to host and march to upcoming International and local fútbol (soccer) matches and tournaments in 2017!

International Fútbol Matches

U.S. MNT vs. Serbia

U.S. MNT vs. Serbia

The U.S. Men’s National Team will begin the 2017 campaign with a friendly against Serbia on January 29 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Kickoff for Bruce Arena’s first match back in charge of the U.S. MNT is set for 1:00 PM PT, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision Networks.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
When: January 29, 2017
First Kick: 1:00 PM
Cost: $25-$50
> Find out more about U.S. MNT vs. Serbia



On Sunday, July 9th, San Diego will host an opening CONCACAF Gold Cup round double-header at Qualcomm Stadium featuring the Mexican national team as the seeded nation of Group C.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA 92108
When: July 9, 2017
Cost: TBD
> Find out more about the CONCACAF Gold Cup

Beach Soccer Tournaments

Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam is a Faster, Hotter Version of the World’s most Popular Sport filled with Entertainment. Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.

Where: Fiesta Island – 1550 Fiesta Island Road
San Diego, CA 92109
When: May 20-21, 2017
> Find out more about Beach Soccer Jam

The Beach Soccer Championships

The Beach Soccer Championships

The Beach Soccer Championships has become one of the premier beach soccer destinations on the west coast of the United States and is among the top beach soccer events in the Nation. If you want Sand & Soccer with FUN, The Beach Soccer Championships is the place to be.

Where: 200 N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: May 20-21, 2017
> Find out more about The Beach Soccer Championships

Local Teams

San Diego Sockers

With more than a dozen championships throughout it’s close to 40 year history, the Sockers are San Diego’s premiere indoor soccer team! Experience the excitement of this fast-paced game with an affordable trip for the whole family to San Diego Sport Arena. The seasons kick off in October and run through Spring, so there is plenty of opportunity to join the Seventh Man crew!

> Find out more about the San Diego Sockers

North County Battalion

Established in 2015, the North County Battalion joined the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) for the 2017 season and plans to quickly move even further up the U.S. soccer hierarchy in subsequent years.

> Find out more about the North County Battalion

> Get out and Play in San Diego