Military Appreciation Series

The Padres are honored to be able to support and pay tribute to the San Diego military community. The team's efforts began in November in 1995 with the establishment of the Padres' Military Affairs Department, the first in professional sports.

Every season the Padres honor all branches of the US Armed Forces and take the title "Team for the Military" very seriously. To learn when a specific branch is being honored please click here.

 At Petco Park

Game Tickets
The Padres are committed to ensuring that baseball in San Diego will remain an affordable entertainment option for military families.

We are proud to offer appreciation pricing to members of the military (active, reserve, retired and DOD employees) for all regular season Padres home games. On Sunday home games, military in uniform can receive a 50% discount on tickets. Padres tickets are also sold at MWR/MCCS locations throughout the county. Click here to learn more about these programs and ticket locations.

Those who served but did not continue in the military until retirement can still receive military appreciation pricing through the Padres Veterans Appreciation Card. Click here for more details.

Padres Season Ticket Holders who are also active-duty military members are secure in knowing that if they are in the receipt of PCS orders outside the San Diego area prior to the season's end, they will be accommodated. If a Season Ticket Holder is deployed, the Padres will hold onto a copy of the orders and keep the account active at no charge for one year should they return as Season Ticket Holders. The Padres also refund any future games still in the account holder's possession.

During the 2000 season, the Padres awarded lifetime passes to regular season home games to more than 700 World War II and Korean War POWs in Southern California and around the nation. We are the only MLB team to participate in this ongoing project.

Uniforms
In 2000, Padres players began wearing military-inspired camouflage jerseys on Military Opening Day. Wearing these jerseys (now in its 13th year) has become an important tradition for the Team for the Military and they are now worn for Military Opening Day and for every Sunday home game.

Flight Deck behind Right Field
Our longtime Director of Military Affairs, Captain John C. (Jack) Ensch, USN, Ret. researched and developed a Military Honor Wall which pays tribute to all Major League Baseball and Negro League baseball players who ever served in the military. This wall, along with a large scale model of the USS Midway, acts as the centerpieces of the Flight Deck area of Petco Park.

Opening Day
The Padres are the only MLB team to host a Military Opening Day. This special day includes military-themed pregame ceremonies and in-game segments. This special day also allows our players to give a visual salute to the military by wearing their camouflage jerseys and hosting more than 5,000 service members and their families as our guests to the game.

Flag Court
The Padres were the first professional sports team to fly the POW/MIA flag at all home games.

On-Field Reenlistments
We are happy to accommodate a reenlistment or retirement ceremony prior to a Padres home game. Click here to learn more.

Military Logo
In 2010 the Padres introduced their new military logo based on the US military aircraft national identification roundel insignia. In keeping with the commitment to ensure that baseball is an affordable option we offer an $8.00 Padres cap and $10.00 t-shirt for sale at the Padres Team Store and throughout the ballpark. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from our military merchandise sales goes to military charities.

Marine Recruit Sundays continue to be a popular day at Petco Park. Learn more about this by clicking here.

 Community Involvement

Charitable Giving
In 2010 we donated more than 32,000 tickets to members of the military and their families. We were proud to do this for many of our charitable partners and we continue the tradition in 2011. Some of the 2010 recipients included

In 2011 we continue to support these deserving organizations and also have reached out to the

The Padres are pleased to be able to provide financial donations in support of military-related programs and events. In 2009 we provided nearly $20,000 to 20 different events/programs and in 2010 we increased our financial support and provided nearly $30,000 to 15 different events/organizations. Through July of 2011 we have provided more than $61,000 to 19 different events/organizations.

Base Visits
Look for announcements of future player appearances at local bases by visiting your local MWR/MCCS location. Check out photos from past visits by clicking here.

Affiliations
The Padres maintain corporate affiliate memberships with a number of military-related organizations such as The Navy League, San Diego Military Advisory Council, San Diego Veterans Memorial Center and the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

Since 2009 the Padres have been proud partners of the Farmers Insurance Open, hosting a Military Appreciation Pavilion allowing Padres players and leadership to interact with active duty military and their families.

Honoring Those Who Currently Serve
If you are interested in helping support a deployed service member please send an e-mail to military@padres.com. If you want to show support to the military by hosting them at Petco Park, click here for more information.

Honoring Those Who Served
In 2005 we initiated a fundraising program and sold "For Those Who Serve" wristbands to our fans with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Fisher House at San Diego Naval Medical Center. With our fans' support we donated nearly $20,000 to this worthwhile support program.

How Are We Doing?
We welcome and encourage your feedback regarding this site. Please let us know how we're doing and how we can do better. Please send an e-mail to military@padres.com.