Entrances and Entry Gates Guide

Entry Gates at Petco ParkEntry gates are your friends. Here’s our guide to unlock the mysteries of Petco Park’s entrances. Save valuable time and don’t miss the first pitch!

If you are near the bleachers, outfield, or Park at the Park: Use the Downtown Gate entrance or Balboa Park Gate.

Right Field (odd numbered sections): East Village Gate or Park Blvd Gate entrances.

Left Field (even numbered sections): Gaslamp Gate near the Western Metal Building.

Infield on the 3rd base side, enter through the Gaslamp Gate near the Omni Hotel.

Infield on the 1st base side or behind home plate, the Home Plate Gate entrance is your best bet.

The East Village gate is often the least crowded gate, although all entrances have been running a little slow this year due to metal detectors (see below).

Entrance Gates

Home Plate Plaza at Park Blvd. and Tony Gwynn Drive Palm Court Plaza at Gaslamp Gate, Seventh Ave. and K St. East Village Gate at 10th Avenue and K Street Park Boulevard Gate at 10th Avenue Downtown Gate to Park at the Park at Eighth Ave. and J St. Balboa Gate to Park at the Park at Ninth Avenue and J St.

What time do gates open?

Come early to watch batting practice and pre-game warm ups. Gates open 90 minutes before the game. What time Petco Park opens depends on game time: subtract one hour and thirty minutes in your head. Exception: Park at the Park gates open two and a half hours prior to game time.

Re-entry policy: Can I leave the stadium and return?

Fans who need to leave Petco Park during the game but would like to return may do so. However for re-entry privileges, the Padres require that your ticket be scanned at the gate by security before you leave.

Metal Detectors

The Padres are joining all MLB ball parks by screening fans with mandatory walk-through metal detectors at each Petco Park entry gate.

Vaccinated/Proof of Negative Test Entry

Update: there ain’t no vaccinated section anymore. For the 2021 season, all guests with tickets in the “Vaccinated/Proof of Negative Test” must enter through the Quidel Gate. This is located on the right field side on Park Blvd near 10th Avenue and is for fans in these special sections only.

Bag Screening

Security will inspect all bags and containers upon entrance to the stadium. More on prohibited items.


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