Heading to the ball game? Learn the do’s and don’ts of Petco Park

Summer is here and you know what that means – It’s time to bust out the bathing suit, fire up the BBQ, and, of course, check out some baseball. But you don’t want to show up to the game looking like a rookie, so before you head over to Petco Park to check out the boys of summer, take a look at this list of do’s and don’ts from Harvest by the Patio™ in East Village.

Picnic in the Park in the Park.

Do Gear Up

Whether you’re rooting for the Padres or the D’backs, now is the time to show your true colors and bust out your caps, jerseys, face paint, tattoos or any other way you like to support your team! By wearing your favorite team’s gear, you can let everyone know just where your loyalties lie. This’ll help you to connect with other home team fans or find some new friends when you bond with a fellow visitor.

If you don’t have a team jersey or ball cap, wear something in the team’s colors (that’s white and midnight blue for the Padres; black, teal, white, and sedona red for the Diamondbacks) to show your support. Feel free to go all out with a crazy costume or maybe paint your whole body? Just a suggestion…

Don’t Bring Prohibited Items

Sure it can be hard to keep up with what’s allowed and what’s not (we’re looking at you TSA), but with some careful planning, and a little common sense, you’ll speed through security and you won’t have to dump items or run back to your car.

No outside beverages, glass bottles, cans, or hardside coolers are allowed in Petco Park. Also, leave the large banners, baseball bats, selfie-sticks, and umbrellas in your car. They’re not allowed.

Also, while Petco loves pets, leave Fido or Miss Kitty at home. No pets are allowed at the game. And, while it should go without saying, please don’t bring any drugs, alcohol, or weapons of any kind.

Do Enjoy The Ballpark

Petco Park is one of the most fun and unique ballparks in all of major league baseball. Head to Tony Gwynn Plaza and check out the 9.5-foot bronze statue of Mr. Padre himself – Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters of all time who spent his entire career with the Padres.

After you get your selfie with Mr. Gwynn, head over to the Park in the Park. That’s right – it’s nearly three acres of trees, a picnic area, and even a mini baseball diamond for the kids. Throw down a blanket and watch the actual game while you lounge in the grass.

If you’re like a lot of San Diegans, or Americans, or humans, then you like beer. Petco Park has you covered. Forget that flat, yellow stuff that you find at most ballparks and head to Beer Alley where you can find craft beer from the best suds masters in the area. Definitely worth a stop (if you’re 21 or older)!

Don’t Ruin The Game For Others

It’s easy to become, er, shall we say, passionate, when your team is not doing well. Or maybe they’re kicking the other team’s butt and you want to rub it in. We all come to the park to have a good time, so have fun, but don’t ruin the game for others. Please refrain from heckling, obscenities, or any type of foul language or activities.

This goes not only for verbal obscenities, but written as well. No obscene signs or banners. Petco Park security reserves the right to escort you out of the game at any time, and that’s just awkward for everyone.

Do Visit Harvest By The Patio

Harvest by The Patio’s Salt and Pepper Wings

What’s a ball game without some classic game day grub? Head over to Harvest by The Patio® before every home game for some chicken brats, salt and pepper wings, and happy hour specials on some of the craftiest cocktails in San Diego. Plus, bring your ticket in and you’ll save 10% on your meal. That’s a steal (baseball pun!)!

There you have it – just a few simple suggestions to help you enjoy the old ballgame. Whether you’re a faithful Friar or a diehard Diamondback fan, follow these tips and you’ll be sure to make this summer’s trip to Petco Park the best ever.

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