The series finale between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres drew an announced attendance of 44,930, which was the largest crowd of the weekend at Petco Park. That mark also helped the Padres set a franchise record.
The 133,856 total attendance represented the highest in Petco Park history for a three-game series. It bested the 133,456 announced attendance from May 3-5, 2019, which also was for a three-game series the Dodgers were part of.
That gate was largely driven by Manny Machado being in his first season with the Padres, who were looking to challenge the Dodgers in the National League West. That didn’t come to be as San Diego finished 70-92 and L.A. went 106-56 en route to winning a seventh consecutive division title.
Dodgers fans historically have traveled well and especially so for games in San Diego. They again turned out in droves this past weekend, and made their presence felt when Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Cody Bellinger hit home runs throughout the series.
Freeman and Belling drew chants on Sunday as they combined to hit three home runs. The multi-homer game was Bellinger’s 14th of his career but first since Aug. 11, 2021.
Freeman praises Dodgers fans
Chants of “Freddie” have become commonplace since Freeman signed a six-year contract with the Dodgers, and thus far extended to Coors Field and Petco Park.
Freeman nearly rewarded fans with a home run during the Opening Series, and did do so against the Padres.
“When you’re in Southern California the Dodgers travel real well,” he said Sunday. “There were multiple times when I was with the Braves where they would sell out a whole section to be theirs. I know the Dodgers travel real well.
“Heard it again the second at-bat and luckily was able to come through.”
Last season the Padres attempted to incentivize season ticket holders to not sell their seats for home games against the Dodgers.
Petco Park has commonly been referred to ‘Dodger Stadium South’ by Dodgers fans, and Chase Field in Arizona is viewed in a similar light.
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