Of all the professional sports leagues in the U.S., none embrace the pet-friendly lifestyle more than Major League Baseball. Every summer, America’s pastime hosts four-legged fans at many stadiums. Not only do teams allow dogs in the park, but they also dish out cool freebies like bandanas, bowls and, of course, yummy treats. Grab your pup’s favorite cap and get ready to play ball… or at least, watch ball. Here are the best dog-friendly baseball games of 2019.
Posted by Scott Tunstall
1. Arizona Diamondbacks - Dog Days of Summer
When it comes to delivering All-Star perks to Fido, the Diamondbacks rank at the top of the standings. Through a partnership with PetSmart Charities, the D-backs offer a special dog-friendly promotion through September 1. Each ticket package includes a table for four plus one canine, a complimentary swag bag packed with treats and toys, and access to the PetSmart Patio tiered seating section in left center field. In addition, pups can run the bases and shag fly balls (or frisbees) in PetSmart Charities Park. This diamond-shaped pet park behind the patio comes with grassy outfield and an air-conditioned club house, in case panting pooches need a break from the desert heat. Meanwhile, you can feast on classic baseball fare like all-you-can-eat hot dogs with toppings galore, buttery popcorn and frosty sodas.
Prices start at $180 per table. Download waivers and purchase tickets here. Fido must be vaccinated, and owners are required to present a signed waiver on game day.
2. San Diego Padres - The Barkyard
Considering they play their home games at Petco Park, if the Padres didn’t jump through hoops for four-legged fans they would probably be tossed from the league. In addition to their annual Dog Days of Summer event in June, the team invites Fido and friends to try and snag a home run ball from the viewing area at The Barkyard. Located in left center field, The Barkyard welcomes you and your pup to catch all the action from a semi-private box seat equipped with shade umbrellas and cooling artificial turf. A designated pet relief area and water stations are nearby, and a Padres’ pet concierge will be on hand to escort Very Important Pets to and from their seats. Feeling hungry? San Diego’s famous fish tacos, ice cold drinks and delicious soft serve ice cream can be delivered to you from Carnitas Snack Shack.
Pricing starts at $114 for four people and two dogs. Additional information on flex memberships and purchasing tickets is found here.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates - Pup Nights at PNC Park
Shiver me timbers! The Pittsburgh Pirates allow seadogs to captain the ship at every Tuesday home game throughout the season on Pup Nights at PNC Park. In particular, try to go on September 3 or September 24, when furry buccaneers will be rewarded with special loot. Seating is located in the left field rooftop section of the ballpark, and a portion of every ticket sold benefits local animal shelters. Be aware that fireworks may be shot off at any game, especially the July 2nd tilt with the Cubs. If Fido is easily panicked by loud noises, we suggest you watch the game at home.
Ticket packages for one person and one dog are $36, and additional human tickets are $36 each. For more information and to purchase seats, click here. Proof of vaccinations is required, and pups must remain leashed at all times.
If you have time before the game, head to the adjacent North Shore Riverfront Park. It's a great spot for leashed dogs to watch passing boats sail down the Allegheny River, enjoy an afternoon picnic on the Great Lawn, and take a dip in the Water Steps sandstone block waterfall. After, you can stroll down the scenic riverfront Great Allegheny Passage to PNC Park for game night.
4. Cincinnati Reds - Bark in the Park
The Great American Ball Park welcomes four-legged spectators to Bark in the Park on June 17 and September 3. Dress your pooch in their spiffiest Reds attire and join the pregame pet parade, which starts 40 minutes prior to first pitch. Spots are limited, so arrive early to secure a place in line. After the canine march, you and Fido can proceed to the pet-friendly seating section (136-139) with access to the Kroger Fan Zone. Between innings, browse the on-site pet expo and see pups available for adoption through SPCA Cincinnati. All dogs must enter the park through Gate I, which opens two hours before the game and stays open until the end of the third inning.
Single-game packages include one dog ticket and one human ticket for $50. Additional doggie tickets may be purchased for $20 each, and extra human tickets are $30 each. More information can be found here. A waiver documenting proof of current vaccinations is required.
5. New York Mets - Bark at the Park
Meet the pets, meet the pets, step right up and greet the pets! The Mets and the North Shore Animal League America will open up Citi Field to dogs for Bark at the Park on September 26. Arrive an hour early and head to the Bullpen Gate to escort Fido in the pooch parade (weather permitting) around the warning track before settling into your seats in the right field Coca-Cola Corner section. Located directly behind the seating area is a two-tiered landing where furry pals can get in a seventh-inning stretch. Mets pets can also score free treats, chew toys and a cool Mets bandana from the Nylabone booth (look for the giant inflatable dog).
Tickets cost $25 per person and $20 per pup, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal shelter and adoption organization. Go here for more information and to purchase tickets.
6. Seattle Mariners - Bark at the Park
Follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City for the Mariners’ Bark at the Park games. Furry fans are allowed at T-Mobile Park on July 22 and September 12. Attending Totos receive tasty treats and a limited-edition Mariners-themed giveaway upon arrival, and all are welcome to don a jersey and hit the field for a post-game mutt strut around the bases. There are several comfort stations located throughout the designated pet seating area as well as an on-site waste disposal management team.
Ticket packages are $50 for you and your pup and $25 for each additional person. Tickets can be bought here. All dogs must be at least six months old, have visible ID tags, be leashed at all times and up to date on current vaccinations.
The nearby Dr. Jose Rizal Park off-leash area offers four acres of tree-filled green space where Fido can practice his base-stealing skills either before or after the game. Nestled in the shadow of downtown, the park is also an ideal spot to soak in breathtaking views of Seattle’s skyline and snap a few selfies.
7. Detroit Tigers - Bark at the Park
Dogs and cats will call a truce to their heated rivalry on June 25 and September 16, when the Detroit Tigers open up Comerica Park for a pair of Bark at the Park events. Fido can watch towering home runs, diving catches and intense action on the diamond from the dedicated dog section. He can also mingle with other mutts on the official Bark at the Park party deck, which is equipped with water stations, a doggie relief area, wading pools and treat tables.
Ticket prices are $38 for one dog and one owner, and a portion of all sales will be donated to the Michigan Humane Society. Tickets are very limited and must be purchased online. Identification tags and written proof of current rabies vaccination are required upon arrival. Click here for further details.
8. Washington Nationals - Pups in the Park
Bring your George Washington of Westies or Abraham Lincoln of Labradoodles to Nationals Park on September 13 and September 28 for Pups in the Park. The pet-reserved outfield section offers a great vantage point to view the game, and the adjacent concourse is outfitted with turf relief areas and water stations. Dogs can even howl along to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.
Tickets are $10 per pooch and $33 per person, and proceeds from all sales will be donated to the Humane Rescue Alliance. These Special Event Packages can only be purchased online. A signed waiver with proof of vaccinations is required to enter the stadium. Check here for additional information.
9. Colorado Rockies – Bark at the Park
The Rockies will allow furry fans to bask in the fresh mountain air free of charge on Tuesday August 13 for their annual Bark at the Park game-day extravaganza. Parading pooches can play to the crowd as they trot around the warning track before first pitch. Attending pups also receive a Bark at the Park water bowl and a sporty Rockies bandana, plus admission to designated “Dog Zone” seating areas (sections 155-160, 401-403).
Each $20 human ticket purchased permits one dog at no extra cost, and $1 of every ticket will be donated to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Proof of vaccinations and a signed waiver must be presented upon arrival. For additional information and to secure seats, go here.
10. Houston Astros – Dog Day
On Sunday August 25, you and your baseball buddy are cordially invited to attend Dog Day at Minute Maid Park for a 1:10 p.m. start vs. the Los Angeles Angels. Fido can either show his team pride by dressing in his favorite Astros jersey or model his snazziest summer ensemble as he sashays across the field for a pregame costume contest and parade. Furry fans are also granted access to the exclusive “Barking Room Only” area in Home Run Alley and the Dog Zone on the Plaza.
Field Box Seating ticket packages are $99 for one dog up to 80 lbs, and Standing Room Only packages are $30 for one dog over 80 lbs. Tickets can be bought here. Proof of current vaccinations, a City of Houston registration and a signed waiver are required to gain entry to the park. Out of town pups will need a letter from their vet affirming that city registration isn’t needed.
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