FACES & PLACES: Padres Fans Psyched For 2023 Season

Scattered showered delayed the first pitch, but Friar Faithful showed up in downtown San Diego for what’s hoped to be a shining season

With an eye on a forecast of scattered rain showers, San Diego Padres officials pushed the Opening Day start time from 1:10 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2023. Fans adjusted, bundled up for a night game and arrived downtown to eat, drink and dream of a World Series title.

The team opens the season at Petco Park (picked by USA Today as the nation’s top pro baseball venue) with a six-game home stand. The Colorado Rockies are in town for four games (March 30 to April 2). The Arizona Diamondbacks are in and out for a two-game series April 3-4.

It’s projected that most of the Padres home games will sell out this year (ticket info). Be prepared.

Couldn’t get downtown for Opening Day? Consider checking out the Opening Weekend Block Party on Saturday, April 1.

Hosted by the East Village Association, the outdoor street party offers, food and drink, live music and entertainment, adult beverages and kid-friendly activities.

The block party’s held on J Street (outside Petco Park) from Seventh to Tenth avenues. Sunny skies are expected. The Padres game starts Saturday night at 5:40 p.m.

Wanna take a look at some of the Friar Faithful who rescheduled their Opening Day calendars and frolicked downtown despite on-and-off showers? San Diego Sun photographer Sal Giametta dropped in, and here’s what he saw:

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Let’s go, Padres! SDSun

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