Fans Celebrate Team’s Win In The Bars During The Game
They arrived as early as 8 a.m., even tho the first bar did not open until 10.
They wore jerseys, team shirts and hats with an SD logo on the lid.
And they surrounded Petco Park, cheered on their team and left happy – both from the booze and a satisfying victory stadpoint.
They were fans of the San Diego Padres and they filled the Gaslamp Quarter for Opening Day. Years of frustration over the team’s lack of successes and the inability to see a winning squad in person last year due to COVID-19 restrictions had them salivating for the start of the 2021 season.
And they let loose on what was also April Fool’s Day.
Even if only a relative few were able to get inside Petco Park, at least as many people headed to the bars of the Gaslamp to take part in the atmosphere of the day and to be in close proximity to the stadium.
The prime place to be before, during and after the game was Bub’s By The Ballpark. That is where one fan showed up in his striped Padres jersey ready to roll at 8 a.m. He stood outside – first in line – for two hours until the bar opened at 10. He was joined by many others and there was a line the entire game and even after it.
PubClub.com opted for another bar, Fairweather. Located around the corner from Bub’s, it overlooks the picnic area behind the outfield and was full of Padres fever.
It was better than being in the stadium, actually. It was lively and when a neighboring condo blocked the sun, it surely was more comfortable than being in a seat baking in the stadium. Due to hot Santa Ana winds, Opening Day was a roasty 80 degrees with little breeze.
And in the end, the Padres won and so, too, did the fans.