More fans in the stands: Padres announce changes at Petco Park


SAN DIEGO — More fans will be allowed in the stands for the Padres’ next homestand, including against the division rival Dodgers, as new capacity limits were implemented with the county in the state’s orange reopening tier, the team announced Tuesday.

The Padres announced updated health and safety protocols with total capacity at Petco Park increasing to 33%. The team also revealed new sections for vaccinated Californians and those with negative coronavirus test results.

Sections of Petco Park will be available at 67% capacity for fans who are fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the game they plan to attend, the Padres said.

Bub’s at the Ballpark is one of several bars and restaurants near the stadium gearing up for Friday, which marks the start of the Padres-Dodgers series.

“It’s a huge series,” bar manager Allie Garibay said. “Anybody that we bring on that’s new or even our old staff always know they’re blackout dates. You can’t request off.”

And come Friday, increased capacity likely means more fans at the stadium and the bars.

“We’ve been able to flip out tables as fast as possible,” she said. “We have to put on 90-minute time limits on the tables just so we can make that money up and be able to have more of our customers come through.”

Fans 13 years and older must show proof of either of the following:

  • Paper or digital copy of CDC-issued vaccination card and a photo ID
  • Paper or digital copy of negative test with photo ID

Ticketed fans can receive advance COVID-19 testing at Petco Park for a fee. Tests can be booked through the Padres account manager portal. Attendance remains limited to California residents only.

The Padres expect a very limited number of single-game tickets to be available to the general public after members have a chance to secure tickets. Additional information will be announced later this week, the team said.

Another change includes attendees being able to order food and drinks in-person directly from concession stands. Mobile ordering via the MLB Ballpark app will remain available.

The changes go into effect for the homestand beginning Friday.

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