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Shaded Seats at Petco Park

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Petco Park, located in the vibrant downtown area of San Diego, California, is the picturesque home of the Padres. This open-air stadium is celebrated for its beautiful views of the San Diego skyline and unique game day experience. San Diego’s climate is renowned for year-round sun and warmth. For that reason fans heading to Padres games should use this guide to find the best Petco Park shaded seats.

Where are the shaded seats at Petco Park?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Petco Park are located:

  • 200-Level: Covered rows are shaded
  • 3rd Base Line: Shaded by late afternoon and evening
  • Left Field: Field level seats under cover are shaded most of the day

For the 2024 season, the Padres play mostly day games (1:10 p.m.), late afternoon games (5:40 p.m.), and evening games (6:40 p.m.), with a few other start times mixed into the schedule. The Padres early start times mean most innings of most games take place before dark. For specific details about seating sections at different start times, please continue reading.

Petco Park Orientation to the Sun

Petco Park is notable as one of the few ballparks with home plate oriented due north, a characteristic it shares with ballparks in Cleveland and Arizona. Each morning the sun rises over the right field corner, swings around home plate at mid-day and sets behind the left field wall. This configuration makes the 3rd base side of the park the “shade side,” while the 1st base side and right field are the sunniest.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).


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Seats in the Shade at Padres Early Afternoon Games

Day games at Petco Park coincide with the hottest part of the day under the San Diego sun. At this hour, the best shaded seating is on the 200-level, especially behind home plate, within sections 201-210. At field level, shade can also be found in the back rows of sections 107-110, thanks to overhead cover. However, rows closer to the field in these sections will begin the game in the sun.

As the game progresses, additional seats along the 3rd base line gradually become shaded. The most reliable options for transitioning into shade are in the 200-level and the back rows of the 100-level. The upper deck benefits from a modest roof, offering some protection. Sections 300-305, and even those between 306 and 320, are shaded for the majority of the game, particularly the seats further back.

In contrast, seats in right field and near the foul pole deep along the 1st base line, such as sections 121-137 and 227-235, remain in the sun throughout the afternoon.

Shadows on the stands at Padres Stadium

By late afternoon, seats on the 3rd base line and left field are shaded while seats on the 1st base line and right field are in the sun.
UPI / Alamy Stock Photo

Seats in the Shade at Padres Late Afternoon Games

For games with a first pitch scheduled at 5:40 p.m., a significant portion of Petco Park’s seats are shaded from the start. At this time, fans seated on the 3rd base side of the stadium will have the sun at their backs, making sections 300-328, 202-224, and 102-124 ideal for enjoying the game in comfort of the shade.

The sunniest sections are along the 1st base line, especially early in the game. Seats closer to home plate on the 1st base side may receive some shade as the game progresses. However, sections behind the right field wall and near the right field foul pole will face direct sunlight for most innings.

Seats in the Shade at Padres Evening Games

During the summer months, the sun sets in San Diego before 8:00 p.m. almost every night, lessening the effect of sunlight on fans attending evening games. Seats behind the right field wall and near the foul pole may still be exposed to the sun in the initial innings. However, by mid-game, the sun will have set, moving all seats in the ballpark into the shade.

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