Report: Padres games will return to full capacity next month
SAN DIEGO – Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, will soon return to full capacity as pandemic restrictions end in California, according to a new report.
Citing anonymous county and team sources, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday that officials are “confident” that capacity restrictions will no longer be in place after June 15. most virus-related restrictions, including his advice on masks for fully vaccinated residents.
The Padres plan to announce the team’s ticket sales plan by Monday, the Union-Tribune reported.
According to that timeline, the Padres would return from a six-game road trip to a full-capacity crowd on June 17 against the Cincinnati Reds. From there, the Brothers will play 17 of the next 23 home team games before the All-Star break with Petco Park against the Reds (June 17-20), Dodgers (June 21-23), Diamondbacks. (June 25-27), the Nationals (July 5-8) and the Rockies (July 9-11).
Nearly 2.4 million fans were in attendance – an average of just under 30,000 per game – during the team’s last full season at Petco Park in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Baseball Reference. Due to pandemic restrictions, only cardboard cutouts from fans and former franchise greats were allowed during the team’s playoff season a year ago.
This season, the Padres have an average of 13,878 tickets sold per game with attendance restrictions in place.
On Thursday, the Padres are 27-17 – with a 15-10 home record – and sat a game behind the Giants for first place in the NL West. At 25-18, the defending Dodgers champion is 2.5 games behind the division lead.
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