Photos of 2016 Padres FanFest at Petco Park!

Padres fans have a ball at today's big FanFest at Petco Park. An exhibition game was played in the afternoon against the Chicago White Sox.
Padres fans have a ball at today’s big FanFest at Petco Park. An exhibition game was played in the afternoon against the Chicago White Sox.

This morning I walked across downtown to check out Padres FanFest!  The big annual event is held at Petco Park just prior to baseball’s Opening Day. It provides fans a taste of the upcoming Padres season. This is the third year in a row I’ve attended, and I really enjoyed it! Here are some pics!  Go Pads!

Thousands of fans turn out to get a preview of the Padres' 2016 baseball season. There were many family activities throughout Petco Park.
Thousands of fans turn out to get a preview of the Padres’ 2016 baseball season. There were many family activities throughout Petco Park.
Young Padres fans test their batting ability at KidsFest at Petco Park.
Young Padres fans test their batting ability at a special KidsFest area.
Photo of the busy children's baseball field, an awesome feature of the public park situated beyond Petco Park's outfield.
Photo of the busy children’s baseball field, an awesome feature of the public park situated beyond Petco Park’s outfield.
Young batter smashes a hit in the tiny ball field at Park at the Park. Baseball is fun for everyone!
Young batter smashes a hit in the tiny ball field at Park at the Park. Baseball is fun for everyone!
Kid infielders charge a batted wiffle ball at the miniature baseball field in Park at the Park.
Kid infielders charge a batted wiffle ball at the miniature baseball field in Park at the Park.
A friendly Coast Guard mascot attracts as much attention from kids as the nearby inflatable batting cage.
A friendly Coast Guard mascot attracts as much attention from kids as the nearby inflatable batting cage.
The San Diego Padres pulled out all the stops during 2016 FanFest. It appeared that many people were buying tickets for the upcoming season.
The San Diego Padres pulled out all the stops for this year’s Fan Fest. It appeared that many people were buying tickets for the upcoming season.
Phil's BBQ is a local favorite. Lots of tasty stuff was available at concessions inside and outside the stadium, including old classics like hot dogs.
Phil’s BBQ is a local favorite. Lots of tasty stuff was available at concessions inside and outside the stadium, including old classics like hot dogs.
Popular professional baseball players were signing autographs for San Diego fans.
Many popular Major League Baseball players were signing autographs for lined up fans.
Sign on back of the huge videoboard highlights the team's past accomplishments. This year Petco Park will host the 2016 MLB All-Star Game!
Sign on back of the huge videoboard highlights the team’s past accomplishments. This year Petco Park will host the 2016 MLB All-Star Game!
Some graphics at Petco Park commemorate Padres Hall of Famers.
Some graphics at Petco Park commemorate Padres Hall of Famers.
2016 FanFest allowed people to watch batting practice for the afternoon's exhibition game. A sunny spring day. The Pads will soon Play Ball!
2016 FanFest allowed people to watch batting practice for the afternoon’s exhibition game. Another sunny spring day in San Diego. The Pads will soon Play Ball!
Fans watch and hope to catch a ball during White Sox batting practice. The field looks green and ready for the coming season!
Fans watch and hope to catch a ball during White Sox batting practice. The field looks green and ready for the coming season!
I hope lots of Padres batters hit this bullseye on the Western Metal Supply building during the 2016 season. Hope springs eternal!
I hope lots of Padres batters hit this bullseye on the Western Metal Supply building during the 2016 season. Hope springs eternal!
A lucky fan in the stands gets an unexpected autograph from the Padres bullpen!
A lucky somebody in the stands gets an unexpected autograph from the Padres bullpen!
Padres starting pitcher James Shields stretches and warms up in the bullpen.
Padres starting pitcher James Shields stretches and warms up in the bullpen.
Padres FanFest is an exciting annual event at Petco Park!
Padres FanFest is an exciting annual sports event at Petco Park!
A player smashed a line drive over the wall during batting practice. If someone can catch the ball, they might possibly win a prize: tickets to the Homerun Derby before this year's All-Star Game!
A player smashed a line drive over the wall during batting practice. If someone can catch the ball, they might possibly win a cool prize: tickets to the Homerun Derby before this year’s All-Star Game!
A busy vendor walks about with drinks and snacks.
A busy vendor walks about with drinks and snacks.
Padres fans rest behind the Tony Gwynn statue atop the hill in the grassy Park at the Park.
Padres fans rest behind the Tony Gwynn statue atop the hill in the grassy Park at the Park.
Padres faithful kick back in the stands and absorb the sights and sounds of San Diego baseball.
Padres faithful kick back in the stands and absorb the sights and sounds of San Diego baseball.
Superstar pitcher James Shields signs autographs for lots of excited fans during 2016 FanFest at Petco Park.
Superstar pitcher James Shields signs autographs for lots of excited fans during 2016 FanFest at Petco Park.

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