Crowds Swarm Downtown as Yankees Visit Petco

The Yankees take on the Padres in a sold-out three-game series Aug. 2-4

By Monica Garske
|  Saturday, Aug 3, 2013  |  Updated 9:41 AM PDT
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Businesses in downtown's East Village area will be very busy this weekend as the Yankees take on the Padres in a 3-game series at Petco Park. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales speaks with baseball fans from both sides.

Businesses in downtown's East Village area will be very busy this weekend as the Yankees take on the Padres in a 3-game series at Petco Park. NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales speaks with baseball fans from both sides.

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Large crowds are expected in downtown San Diego this weekend as the New York Yankees take on the Padres in a three-game series at Petco Park.

Heavy traffic is expected downtown for all three games. Fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early to Petco Park and use public transportation to get to and from the stadium.

Fans can also park along Harbor Drive in the Convention Center garages and utilize the pedestrian bridge to get to Petco Park. Routes and maps to the stadium are available here.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System will offer additional “Special Event” trolley service to downtown’s ballpark area from Qualcomm Stadium and Mission Valley stations.

The ballpark gates open 30 minutes early for all three games this weekend, two hours before first pitch. For game times, click here.

Ballpark officials expect crowds of 25,000 or more throughout the weekend.

The Yankees in San Diego is a rare occurrence.

They’ve only visited twice. Once was in 1998 for the World Series, where the Yankees swept the series in four games. The second time was for a series in 2002 at Qualcomm Stadium.

The team met a third time in 2008 for a series at Yankee Stadium.

NBC 7’s Derek Togerson says that out of 10 total games played between the teams over the years, the Padres have won one game.
 

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