From Tuesday March 14th to Saturday March 18th and if necessary, Sunday March 19th, Petco Park will be hosting second round action. Petco Park recently ranked among Stadium Journey's Top 100 Stadium Experiences of 2016.
San Diego has long been known for its deep roots with the military. Behind the right field stands in Petco Park is an exhibit that pays tribute to the military. Among those honored are former baseball players that served at some point. A ship model of The USS Midway is also on display. Inside the right field entrance is a statue of former Padres broadcaster and U.S. Marine, Jerry Coleman, along with other displays paying tribute to both his military and baseball career.
If you’re planning on staying in San Diego throughout the week and are interested in other historical military tributes, you will want to pay a visit to The USS Midway. The Midway is approximately a 15-20 minute walk from nearby Petco Park. If this is your first time, allow yourself about 3-4 hours aboard The Midway.
Also close to Petco Park is The Gaslamp District with its vast variety of pre and post game entertainment and dining options. Bub's at the Ballpark, Mission Brewery, and Bar Basic, with its brick warehouse vibe as well as its Mashed White Pie, are some of the favorite pre and post game dining options within Petco.
Other baseball taking place in America’s Finest City is collegiate baseball with the San Diego State Aztecs hosting a three game series from Thursday March 17th to Saturday March 19th as they take on the UNLV Rebels on campus at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Up I-5, Dodger Stadium will be the host to the Championship round of the WBC from Monday, March 20th to Wednesday March 22nd. This will mark the second time that Dodger Stadium has hosted the championship round of the WBC, last hosting in 2009. Entering its 56th season, Dodger Stadium has hosted numerous post-season games, as well as being the baseball host during the 1984 Summer Olympics.
L.A. Live, located in Downtown L.A. approximately 10 minutes south of Dodger Stadium, is one of L.A’s popular dining and entertainment venues, including The Grammy Museum and Microsoft Theater. Among the vast dining options at L.A. Live are Yard House and Tom’s Urban.
Across the street from L.A. Live is The Staples Center. If you are planning to stay in L.A. the rest of the week beyond the Championship game, the L.A. Kings will take to the ice on Thursday March 23rd against the Winnipeg Jets and Saturday March 25th against the New York Rangers on their drive toward another late post-season run.
The Lakers will be hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday March 24th. Prior to the 7:30 PM tipoff, a massive 1,200 pound statue of former Laker great Shaquille O'Neal will be unveiled outside of Staples Center at Star Plaza. The ceremony begins at 5PM, with the statue unveiling taking place at 6PM.
These are just some of the events happening in Southern California during the World Baseball Classic. If you make the trip to Southern California, we hope you enjoy your journey. Please feel free to hit me up with any additional questions at Andrei.Ojeda@stadiumjourney.com, or post in the comments section below.