The Rolling Stones kick off their 15-city North American tour Sunday in San Diego’s Petco Park but before fans can get that rock ‘n’ roll “Satisfaction,” they’ll have to drum up a plan for parking and getting to the downtown venue.
The show is sold out and a huge crowd is expected so concert attendees are encouraged to arrive downtown early. Petco Park reps said surrounding parking lots will open at 1 p.m. and the gates to the ballpark will open at 6 p.m. The opening act, musician Gary Clark Jr., will go on at 8 p.m.
Parking at lots adjacent to the ballpark is limited and is expected to sell out. Guests can pre-purchase reserved parking permits to guarantee themselves a spot in these lots via this website.
Outside of parking lots adjacent to Petco Park, there will be more than 2,500 parking spaces available at the Convention Center and Hilton Bayfront garages on Harbor Drive. To access these lots, driver should use the Front Street exit from southbound Interstate 5 or the Cesar Chavez Parkway exit from northbound I-5.
Now, for those who’d rather not plan for parking, public transportation is an option.
San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will run an added special event trolley service on Sunday just for the concert. Park and Ride locations with free parking are located along trolley lines, including 5,000 free parking spots at Qualcomm Stadium.
All three trolley lines will provide direct service to Petco Park: the Green Line serves the Gaslamp Quarter Trolley Station just two blocks from the ballpark while the Blue Line and Orange Line both serve the 12th & Imperial Transit Center just steps away from Petco Park.
All three trolley lines will run extra post-concert service, with final departures approximately 45 minutes after the concert ends. MTS is also offering mobile ticketing to customers on their smartphones in an effort to speed up ticket lines and the boarding process.
For additional information and the full schedule, visit the MTS website.
Finally, North County Transit District (NCTD) Coaster trains with service to downtown will depart Oceanside at 1:50 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. on Sunday. The Coaster will also offer a special return northbound train leaving from Santa Fe Depot 60 minutes after The Rolling Stones concert ends. For additional info, visit the NCTD website.
In terms of security at the ballpark, Petco Park reps said the new security screening process implemented this year will be in effect. This means all attendees must be screened via metal detectors prior to entry.
An alternate method of screening will be provided for guests with strollers, guests in wheelchairs, and those with medical devices that set off metal detectors.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early to minimize potential wait times.
That’s it, “Wild Horses.” Enjoy the show.