An aerial view of Petco Park, home of the Padres

Best Spots to Catch the Game in San Diego

San Diego knows how to embrace the thrill of competition. With a wide range of state-of-the-art stadiums and lively sports bars, our sunny SoCal paradise offers an abundance of options for athletics enthusiasts. So if you’re interested in checking out your favorite games, here are some great spots to settle in with a beer and a bowl of peanuts, and check out all the major league San Diego sports action.


Pechanga Arena (3.3 miles)

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Formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena, Pechanga Arena is a versatile (and nearby!) venue that hosts a full schedule of sporting events, concerts, and more. It’s home to the National Lacrosse League’s San Diego Seals, the San Diego Gulls of the AHL, the San Diego Sockers of the Major Arena Soccer League and Indoor Football League’s San Diego Strike Force. When you go, expect an intimate and exciting atmosphere.

3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110


Snapdragon Stadium (4.1 miles)


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Snapdragon Stadium is a major hub for sports fans of all stripes. Located on the campus of San Diego State University Mission Valley, this 35,000-seat multipurpose venue is the home of the San Diego State Aztecs of the NCAA, the NWSL’s San Diego Wave FC and Major League Rugby’s San Diego Legion. Snapdragon Stadium will also be the host of the 2023 World Lacrosse Championship. Visitors to Snapdragon will discover a state-of-the-art facility with comfortable seating, excellent sightlines, and an array of amenities.

2101 Stadium Way, San Diego, CA 92108


Petco Park (4.5 miles away)

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Petco Park isn’t just the home of MLB’s San Diego Padres, USA Today recently named it the best stadium in baseball for the second year running. This open-air ballpark offers stunning views of the city skyline and the scenic San Diego Bay, as well as a perfect blend of modern features and a laid-back atmosphere. Petco is also a fantastic place to see concerts, comedy, and other large-scale touring entertainment. So grab a beer and get ready to cheer!

100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101


barleymash (4.6 miles)

People watching game on TV at barleymash bar in San Diego

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Located in the always-a-good-time Gaslamp Quarter, barleymash is a lively sports bar that delivers an unforgettable game-day experience. Known citywide for its upbeat atmosphere and extensive selection of craft beers, this downtown hotspot is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. With multiple massive screens nearly everywhere you look, you can catch your favorite teams while enjoying mouthwatering comfort food. Don’t pass up their famous mac ‘n cheese and flatbreads!

600 Fifth Ave #6916, San Diego, CA 92101


Bub’s at the Ballpark (4.6 miles)

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Bub’s is a must-visit destination with a quintessential big-city sports bar atmosphere. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, this always-hopping spot has more big screen TV’s than an electronics store, ensuring you won’t miss a single moment of the on-field action. Plus, their legendarily friendly staff, ice-cold drafts and signature wings make Bub’s a popular spot to cheer on all the biggest and best teams in any league.

715 J St, San Diego, CA 92101


Altitude Sky Lounge (4.7 miles)

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Want to see the Padres bring it home from the best perspective possible? Head to Altitude Sky Lounge in the Gaslamp Quarter. This rooftop bar is perched 22 stories up, and affords an incredible panoramic view of the San Diego skyline, Coronado Bridge — and a bird’s-eye perspective on Petco Park. So why not sit above it all and sip an ice-cold brew or craft cocktail in a chic and sophisticated ambiance during the next home game?  

660 K St, San Diego, CA 92101


Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill (5.7 miles)

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Sandbar isn’t just a great place to settle in for a game, it’s also right in Mission Beach — making it distinctly San Diego. When you arrive, you’ll immediately feel the relaxed atmosphere. The delicious coastal cuisine, signature drinks menu and more screens than you can shake a Louisville Slugger at round out the “awesome sports bar” checklist. the latest sports action. And hey — even if your team is having a bummer game, you’ll still enjoy the ocean breeze and stunning sunsets here.


Days is Your San Diego Sports HQ 

Calling all sports fans: headed to “America’s Finest City” to check out the game? Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle is the place to be. We’re just minutes from all the best athletics emporiums in the city, offer exceptional guest-first amenities, and always have lots of special offers to choose from. Select the San Diego travel deal that’s right for you, we’ll see you when you arrive!