Founded in 1969, the San Diego Padres are one of two teams to originate in California. The franchise took the name from the Franciscan friars who founded the city in 1769. For the first 34 years of the team’s history, they called Qualcomm Stadium-the current stadium of the Chargers, also called Jack Murphy Stadium-their home. Construction of Petco Park began in 2003, with the first game taking place for the 2004 season. The Padres begin their 10th season at the beautiful and modern Petco Park this year. The San Diego Padres begin their 2014 season at their home in Petco Park on March 30th. Join the Swinging Friar and the rest of San Diego fans on the rails of the iconic Western Metal Building to kick off another great season. The nuclear-powered USS Ronald Regan whistle will boom if the Padres homer (you can’t miss it). Catch a game from the porch of the Western Metal building, or enjoy a leisurely experience on the grassy slope of the “Park at the Park,” a small park just behind the center field wall. For only five dollars a ticket, you’re afforded a unique view of the game, with plenty of room! The 2014 Opening Day game on March 30 begins at 5:05PM, Pacific Standard Time. The game will be televised on ESPN, so draft up a couple of witty signs and you could land yourself a few seconds of fame! Tickets are available at sandiego.padres.mlb.com, where you can also view the Padres’ schedule for upcoming games.