Baseball in San Diego

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Baseball

Long a favorite spectator sport in San Diego, where games are rarely rained out, baseball gained even more popularity in 2004 with the opening of PETCO Park, a stunning 42,000-seat facility in the heart of downtown. In March 2006, the semifinals and the final game of the first-ever World Baseball Classic, scheduled to be a quadrennial event fielding teams from around the world, took place here.

San Diego Padres. The Padres slug it out for bragging rights in the National League West from April into October. Tickets are usually available on game day, but games with such rivals as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants often sell out quickly. For an inexpensive day at the ballpark, go for the park pass ($10–$15, depending on demand, available for purchase at the park only) and have a picnic on the grass, while watching the game on one of several giant-screen TVs. 100 Park Blvd., East Village, San Diego, CA, 92101. 619/795–5000 or 877/374–2784. sandiego.padres.mlb.com.

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