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Padres to Host "Behind the Scenes" Event at Petco Park

By: PRLog

Autism Society San Diego families offered insight and practice on what happens on gamedays

SAN DIEGO - Feb. 11, 2022 - PRLog -- The San Diego Padres are excited to invite members of the Autism Society San Diego (ASSD) to Petco Park on Sunday, March 13, 2022 for a "Behind the Scenes" preview event. The event gives families with people on the Autism spectrum the opportunity to expand their experiences around the ballpark.

The Padres are proud to support the ASSD's mission statement of "empowering everyone in the Autism community" by guiding the families through tasks and processes that would be happening on gameday from going through a "light" bag check to visiting the Ballpark Eats section to sitting in terrace level seats and checking out the suites. The event is meant to give exposure to the stadium in a safe way that resonates with individuals on the spectrum while easing any fears or concerns the families might have.

"While parenting is largely an intuitive endeavor, there will always be situations and conditions that we cannot prepare for," says ASSD president Dustin Tracy. "This event, in conjunction with the San Diego Padres, will feature a ton of learning opportunities and experiences that help reinforce the importance of practice and safety. Our goal is to empower individuals and families while educating them on the processes to navigate through a home game."

"We are honored to partner with Autism Society San Diego for this great event and extend the accessible services we offer at Petco Park," said Erik Greupner, San Diego Padres Chief Executive Officer. "As the first Major League ballpark on the West Coast to receive sensory inclusive certification, our priority is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone who visits. We hope that this behind-the-scenes experience allows families with sensory challenges to feel comfortable at the ballpark and encouraged to attend a Padres game in the near future."

For more information about the "Behind the Scenes" event or to register for the event, visit

About Autism Society San Diego

The Autism Society is the nation's oldest leading grassroots autism organization and exists to improve the lives of all affected by Autism. Annually, the Autism Society and it's 76 local affiliates served over half a million individuals impacted by autism through education, advocacy, information and referral services, support, and providing community inclusion and acceptance at the national, state and local levels.

Learn more about Autism Society San Diego by visiting

Autism Society San Diego
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