Mar 28, 2024 - News

Opening Day at Petco Park: Everything you need to know

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Fans enter Petco Park on Opening Day in 2022. Photo: Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Baseball season is back, and with any luck we can avoid that whole "crushing embarrassment of historic proportions" that we got to experience last year.

Why it matters: It's Opening Day at Petco Park, so you'll want to steer clear of downtown if you're skipping the revelry; however, fans are downright giddy to bid goodbye to the long, cold, wet and baseball-less winter.

  • This is the 20th anniversary of Petco Park — happened quick, didn't it? — and Gallagher Square just got a $20 million facelift.

State of play: First pitch between the Padres and San Francisco Giants is at 1:10pm today, with Yu Darvish starting for the good guys and Logan Webb for the Giants.

  • Ballpark gates open at 11am.
  • Pregame festivities — which include Sheel Seidler, widow of former Padres owner Peter Seidler, throwing out the first pitch — begin at 12:30pm.
  • Petco Park will remain open after the game so that ticketed fans can stay to watch San Diego State take on defending NCAA national champion UConn in a Sweet 16 game on the Gallagher Square big screen.

Before Friday's game, the Padres are giving away hats to the first 40,000 fans and holding a pregame party with $5 drinks and live music.

If you go: The Padres are advising fans to prepurchase parking or to use public transportation.

Catch up quick: The retooled Padres cut payroll by $90 million this offseason, including trading superstar Juan Soto.

Manny Machado will begin this season as a DH as he rehabs an elbow injury.

  • He'll anchor the lineup, along with Fernando Tatis, Jr., who remains in right field.
  • Jackson Merrill, the team's top prospect, is transitioning to center field for his rookie season.

Padres games are available for streaming this season through a PADRES.TV subscription — $99.99 for the season or $19.99 a month.

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