Petco Park Bag Policy

Petco Park Bag Policy

Petco Park is the Major League Baseball home of the San Diego Padres at 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, California 92101. The bag policy at Petco Park does not allow fans to bring a backpack (unless it is a single-compartment bag) into the stadium for a game or concert. However, fans who want to bring a bag can do so if it does not exceed 7″ x 10″, like a medical bag or fanny pack.


Here is the complete Petco Park bag policy and more for your next event.


How Does Petco Park Review Your Bag?

How Does Petco Park Review Your Bag

Fans entering the ballpark for a San Diego Padres game will go through a metal detector before scanning their game day ticket. Fans with a bag will have that go through a separate screening. That screening from a stadium official will review the outside and inside of the bag, ensure it does not exceed the size limit, and ensure no prohibited items are in the bag. If the bag or objects inside it can’t enter the stadium, the fan must find a place to leave before entering the arena for a game or concert.


Here are some approved bags to bring into the MLB ballpark that comply with Petco Park’s bag policy. Buy a clear bag for your next stadium visit!


  • A clear single-compartment bag that does not exceed 7″ x 10″
  • Fanny pack/ clutch purse
  • Medical bags
  • Diaper bags
  • ADA-compliant bags
  • Drawstring bag
  • Tote bag


What Items Can’t You Bring into Petco Park?

What Items Can't You Bring into Petco Park

Petco Park has an extensive list of items that can’t enter the venue on game day. Below are some of the most common things that can’t enter the ballpark. However, fans should visit the official guide of the Padres to ensure that the rules update to include only a few items before their next visit.


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals that are not for ADA reasons
  • Backpacks that are bigger than 7″ x 10″
  • Balloons
  • Bicycles
  • Firearms or other types of weapons
  • Frisbees
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Large Umbrellas
  • Laser pointers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Skateboards
  • Suitcases


What Should You Do If Your Bag Is Too Big to Enter the San Diego Padres Ballpark?

If your bag is too big or does not fit the compliant guidelines to enter Petco Park, you should return it to your car. From there, you will get back in line to get into the stadium for the event without any issues.


However, if you did not drive to the game and didn’t have the option to leave your bag in a car, your next best bet is to head to a local hotel nearby. Several hotels beyond the outfield in left field are within walking distance of the venue. Most hotels will hold onto your bags for a small fee while you go to the game.


However, be mindful that certain games and special events, like an opening day, playoff game, or games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, will have bigger crowds visiting, which means these hotels may be booked completely. If that is the case, some hotels might only be able to store your bags there if they have the space.


Parking Tips and Food Guide at a Padres Game

Fans can save money on parking for a Padres game using the SpotHero listing above. SpotHero has numerous parking lot options throughout downtown San Diego within walking distance of the venue. Check out the Petco Park Parking guide to learn more.


Fans can bring outside food into the venue that is for individual consumption. The outside food should be wrapped up and fit into the bag according to the policy guidelines of the stadium. Along with that, fans can bring a factory-sealed water bottle into the venue as well.


Check out the Petco Park food guide to see what the concourse concession stands are at the stadium.


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