I’ve never been a fan of waking up early on a Saturday but throw in a Dodgers game, beer, and food- I’m in!
Bright and early, I made my way to Union Station, one of three pickup locations that Pantone294 set up for fan convenience.
- Opened in May 1939
- Often called “The Last of the Great Train Stations”
- Was used during World War II to transport thousands of soldiers a day.
- Its architecture is a creative mix of Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival, and Art Deco.
- Total cost to build: 11 Million
- Has a small food court with a Starbucks, Famima, and Subway.
After arriving at Union Station, I made my way to Pantone294’s registration area located outside.
While waiting, I was able to talk to two very awesome people about their experiences with pantone294.
Watch my video here to see what they had to say.
Fans Talk The Pantone294 Experience
Once it was time, I made my way, along with 100+ Dodger goers, across the street to the buses.
- Alcohol is allowed but please drink responsibly.
- You may bring a small cooler on board as long as it is small enough to fit underneath the seat.
- No Glassware i.e. glass cups & glass bottles.
- You may bring snacks but remember that sharing is caring!
- They will leave without you! Make sure you pay attention to the designated times for departure.
Once in my seat, the bus leader said a few words and passed out these awesome cup holders which ended up being just what I needed for my iced cold beer.
- MariachiLoco (if you don’t know who he is, you’ve been hiding under a rock)
- Vodka-Gummy-Bears (you see what I did there? 🙂 )
We made a stop halfway to San Diego to stretch our legs, get some fresh air and use the restroom. Each bus has a restroom onboard but let’s be honest, no one wants to use it unless they absolutely have to.
When we finally arrived at Downtown San Diego, I was free to do my own thing. The only requirement that Pantone294 expects from you is to is be back at the bus by the designated time to leave.
Ok so you basically have three options at this point:
Tailgating before the game is always a good idea, however, it also takes a whole lot of preparation and planning such as:
- Who you’ll be tailgating with.
- What stuff you’re going to bring.
- Is tailgating allowed?
Luckily, there is a designated tailgating spot conveniently located within walking distance of Petco Park called Tailgate Park. Here, you can pre-game and socialize with fans alike.
Things to know:
- Costs $15.00 to park.
- Cash and Credit Cards accepted.
- NO charcoal grills allowed, only gas.
- You are expected to clean up after yourself.
Very few things can ruin my appetite, one of them is walking into a place filled with rival fans. Luckily, there are quite a bit of Dodgers friendly places around Petco Park.
BUB’s @ The Ballpark
BUB’s at the Ballpark is a sports bar and restaurant located within walking distance of Petco Park. A definite hit with locals and visitors from all around, BUB’s prides itself with giving their guests a great experience.
From their unique food and drink menu, including their TOTS, Bloody Mary Bar and Mule drinks, to their endless array of plasmas throughout their facility, BUB’s is definitely a must try for any fan looking to get a bite or a drink before the game.
Leave it up to BUB’s to instantly bring me back to my childhood with TOTS! But these are far from your average cafeteria tots, these tots have flare, flavor and come in about eight perfectly thought out styles such as Pittsburg Tots, Buffalo Wing Tots, Ballpark Tots, and Skillet Tots.
Depending on how much time you have, there are plenty of things you can do to kill time before the game.
- Rent a Bike and pedal around Downtown San Diego.
- Walk around to the various shops and eateries.
- Visit the USS Museum.
- Visit the GasLamp District
- Take a Harbor Tour
- 1st game was played April 8, 2004
- While it’s home to the San Diego Padres, it’s also unofficially considered the Dodgers second home due to it’s huge Dodgers following.
- Cost 449.4 million to build.
- They have a huge selection of dining options available inside the stadium, however, nothing can compare to an Original Dodgers Dog at Dodgers Stadium.
- There is a huge military presence. If you go early enough before the game, you can view the many military exhibits located by the lower right field stands.
- The stadiums first concert was The stilling a stones in November of 2005.
- There is a kids entertainment zone.
The stadium offers visually stunning views of the San Diego skyline and harbor.
Petco Park also has an area called Park at the Park.
Park at the Park:
- 2.7 acres of grassy hill located just outside the outfield walls.
- Awesome views of the stadium and game.
- Opens up 2 1/2 hours before the first pitch.
- Tickets can be purchased up to two weeks in advance and range from $5-$30 depending on the day of the game and opponent.
- Outside food is permitted.
- Super kid friendly.
- Great for picnics.
- Often has live music from local bands.
Another thing you will find at Park at the Park is a 10 foot statue dedicated to hitting legend Tony Gwynn, also known as Mr. Padre.
This is what we came for!
Letting the Dodgers know we’re here for them and representing the P294 with our small and large flags.
The Dodgers and Padres put on a great show, giving us a total of 11 innings and keeping us at the edge of our seats with anticipation. Although the Dodgers came up short, losing to the Padres 2-3, it still was a great game and another Pantone 294 amazing experience.
Our passion is strong for the game and support for our team will never falter. Win or lose, we stand by our boys in blue.
Click here to see a video recap of our whole trip!
Dodgers Vs Padres Road Trip 5/21/16
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.
Stay tuned for more Pantone294 ultimate fan experiences.
Next Stop: Arizona on July 16, 2016!