World Cup Action in San Diego

Soccer fans in San Diego are eagerly anticipating the World Cup. The action starts June 11 in South Africa, but you can catch all the excitement at restaurants and pubs throughout San Diego.  Below is a list of places showing World Cup matches – most will be live so you might be waking up early to get a good spot.  Rooting for a specific country? Check the list below and find your comrades, or you can always go to the competition for a little friendly bantering. I’ll be rooting for Australia.  Who will you root for? 

World Cup Offerings:

  • The Linkery located in North Park will be opening at 6:55 a.m. on Friday when South Africa takes on Mexico.  The Linkery, which makes its own sausages, will also be hosting the World Cup of Sausages.  They will be pitting sausage dishes from participating countries against each other in a battle for world sausage domination.  First match: South Africa (boererwors) v. Mexico (longaniza) may the best sausage win.
  • Dublin Square Irish Pub and Grille in Gaslamp Quarter will be opening at 7:00 a.m. and showing all games live on their four large HD screen TV’s.  
  • Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille in Mission Hills offers a traditional British pub atmosphere right in San Diego.  All games will be shown live.  Some will also include a $10 admission charge for select games which will be credited to your food and beverage tab that day.
  • Stout Public House, a great Irish Pub in Gaslamp Quarter, will be offering breakfast specials for early games and drink specials during all games.  
  • Blind Lady Alehouse, which offers great craft pizza and beer, will be opening at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and will show matches on their giant projector screen.
  • Bluefoot Bar and Lounge is a great laid back neighborhood bar located in North Park.  They will be opening up at 7:00 a.m.  Bluefoot has four plasma screens and will be showing the action live throughout the Cup. 
  • O’Brien’s Pub in San Diego will be taping all games and will open early for all US games. 

Other spots to catch the matches:

  • Brazil By the Bay Restaurant and Sports Bar in Point Loma will be showing all Brazilian games live as well as other games.
  • Costa Brava Tapas Bar and Restaurante brings the culture and cuisine of Spain to Pacific Beach.  They will be showing all matches.  Contact them for schedule.
  • East Village Tavern and Bowl located downtown will be opening early for all World Cup action with breakfast and bar specials throughout the tournament.  They feature 30-50” flat screens throughout.
  • Puerto La Boca, an Argentinean restaurant in Little Italy, will be showing all games starting at 11:30 a.m.
  • Pampas located in Kearny Mesa is a great place to meet up with other soccer fans and enjoy the matches. 
  • Princess Pub, San Diego’s oldest British Pub in Little Italy, is opening at 6:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance. They will be showing the matches on all of its six big screen plasma televisions.  
  • Rei Do Gado, a Brazilian steakhouse in the Gaslamp Quarter, has four screens all dedicated to the Cup.
Katie S.

Bring the World Cup to San Diego

San Diego fans and soccer fanatics: San Diego has the opportunity of a lifetime to become the U.S. host city of the Word Cup in either 2018 or 2012. So far, we’ve already had 5,500 sign the petition to bring the World Cup to America’s Finest City, but we need your support to make this happen. As proved by the Travelocity gnome’s visit to San Diego after our glorious win over Los Angeles and Miami, we already know that San Diego is America’s favorite beach city. Now, we need to show the world that our first-class destination should host this world-renowned event. It’s our GOOOAALLLL to have the most signatures on the petition, so sign today and share with your friends and family.

Guest Blogger

Tour Petco Park

I kind of like visiting Petco Park when nobody is around — no baseball players messing up the field, no fans standing around making a big racket and blocking the impressive vistas of beautiful San Diego all around the stadium.  I can’t tell whether that’s a provocative statement or not; just a thought I had during my tour of Petco Park.  The home of the Padres was the groundbreaker in downtown San Diego’s neo-renaissance in the early part of the century (opening in 2004).  It’s another impressive landmark here in San Diego, and as with many of the attractions here, the closer you look, the more impressive it is.

What can you expect to learn on a tour of a mere baseball stadium?  A lot more than I expected, as it turns out.  On my tour, I was exposed to fascinating facts and trivia regarding the world of baseball, sports journalism, city planning, and Petco Park’s unique architecture; not to mention some good baseball gossip.  I would love to go into some of my tour guide’s act here, but this is one instance when you really have to be there.

"All right, team, let's hustle out there and buy some swag!"

"All right, team - let's hustle on out there and buy some swag!"

Walking around in the Padres’ house when the Padres aren’t home really emphasizes the vastness and versatility of the structure, which could easily double as a small city complete with restaurants, parks, museums and a sandy beach.

"The Beach"

Bleachers On the Beach

Yes, a park and a sandy beach! Ever tried “Park In the Park?”  $5 will get you into a game and onto a nice patch of grass as well as grant you more access to the stadium than you might think.  Bleacher seats cost $9 and include access to a sandlot in right field.  It’s a great option for moms and dads who don’t want to spend the game wrangling kids back into their seats.

The park is wide open to views of the playing field, and if you’re a wanderer like me, you can enjoy a game from almost any vantage point in the joint.  (The many premium lounges, suites and boxes will cost you, though.)

Walk-up tours are available to the public Tuesday through Sunday.  Adults are $9, seniors $6, children under 13 $5, and active military $8, with discounts for groups of 25 or more.

On evening game days, a game ticket plus an Early Bird Tour ticket will get you inside the park an hour before the gates open so you can get to know your ballpark before the game.