Padres FanFest to conclude with exhibition game

San Diego wil play Mexico City Diablos Rojos following festivities

SAN DIEGO -- FanFest, presented by State Farm, returns to Petco Park on Saturday -- and it will have a unique twist for Padres fans.

The team's annual event concludes with an exhibition game between the Padres and the Mexico City Diablos Rojos, beginning at 2 p.m. PT.

Early entrance to FanFest for members runs from 8-9 a.m. PT. The general public is allowed entrance at 9 a.m. There will be parking in team-owned lots around the ballpark. Fans are encouraged to take public transportation.

Online registration for FanFest is at capacity. Pre-registration is a requirement to enter FanFest, as each entry ticket includes an assigned seat for the exhibition game.

A limited number of Park Passes may be released at Petco Park on Saturday, as a standby line will be in place at the main ticket windows on Park Blvd. Due to overwhelming demand for this event, re-entry will not be permitted, even for fans who pre-registered.

Players and coaches involved in each autograph session will remain a surprise until the session begins. The first 4,500 guests through the gates each will receive a voucher to participate in an autograph session.

Members of the Padres ownership group, manager Bud Black and Opening Day starting pitcher James Shields will appear at a fan forum at 10:30 a.m. Team president and CEO Mike Dee, pitcher Tyson Ross and general manager A.J. Preller will do the same at 11 a.m.

The team's flagship, The Mighty 1090, will broadcast from the ballpark throughout the day.

There will be three points of entry into FanFest -- the Home Plate Gate on Park Blvd., the Gaslamp Gate on 7th Ave. and the East Village Gate on 10th Ave. Autograph vouchers will be available at each gate, while supplies last.

Returning to FanFest will be the Padres Foundation Garage Sale, interactive forums and the opportunity to play catch in the outfield. Field access will be limited to the morning hours of the event, in order to accommodate preparation for the exhibition game, including batting practice.

FanFest will also provide fans with the first opportunity to see this season's ballpark updates, including the new HD video board -- the largest of its kind in the National League -- left field seating renovations and new hospitality spaces.

This will be the last chance to see the Padres before Opening Day on Monday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium and then the home opener against the Giants on April 9.

For more information, including a full schedule and map for FanFest, go to

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.