Bayside Performance Park FAQs

General Information


The San Diego Symphony’s highly anticipated Bayside Performance Park is officially scheduled to open for its first concerts by Summer 2020.


The new Bayside Performance Park will replace the temporary performance and event venue with permanent facilities in Embarcadero Marina Park South for the use and benefit of the community. The development of the park and venue will feature a permanent, architecturally remarkable and acoustically superior stage that will allow the Symphony to enhance its musical presentations and the visitor experience. Terraced seating will allow visitors unobstructed views from all seating locations.


Bayside Performance Park is being made possible through generous private philanthropy. The ability to break ground and begin construction at this time is possible because of many individuals who have been inspired by what this project will mean to San Diego and the region.


A work of art in itself, the acoustically engineered stage features a concert shell designed to complement the San Diego Convention Center sails and surrounding downtown development. The stage provides a larger performance space for both the orchestra and guest artists. Additional project design components include:

  • Covered stage with 13,000 square feet of performance space and ancillary back-of-house facilities
  • Sunset steps and patio at the back of the performance stage for stunning views of the Bay and public use during non-event hours
  • Flexible seating capacity varying from intimate seating of 2,000 up to 10,000
  • Terraced seating to provide all concert guests unobstructed views from every seat
  • Temporary seating that allows for lawns to be open to the public during non-event periods
  • New public restrooms; lighting; extensive public park enhancements throughout Embarcadero Marina Park South; and other public amenities
  • Enhanced public promenade around the venue expands to 12 feet
  • Improved and environmentally sustainable landscaping
  • Sand-based synthetic turf in the main seating area and pre-event spaces, which will reduce water consumption and be more environmentally friendly
  • The venue will be a park inside the park; the park will be open to the general public during non-event hours

Bayside Performance Park has many premier partners and consultants. Some highlights include:

  • Design of the park was developed by Tucker Sadler Architects and will be constructed by general contractor Rudolph and Sletten.
  • The conceptual design of the performance stage is by Soundforms, with construction by Fabrictecture.
  • The acoustic design of the stage is by Charles Salter Acoustics of San Francisco together with sound designer and consultant Shawn Murphy. The installation of a Meyer Constellation System (Meyer Sound Labs, Berkeley, CA) will provide variable electronically enhanced acoustics on stage for a wide variety of events, including orchestral performances, chamber music, Broadway musicals and popular artists.
  • Burton Landscape Architecture Studio has plans to use landscaping to create a connected experience throughout the Embarcadero Marina Park South.

Bayside Performance Park will become an important public resource as a site for a wider range of private and public events and performances, and activate the park year-round as a community gathering space and a landmark waterfront attraction.


There will be a period of time during construction that the exercise equipment will be unavailable. However, as part of the park improvements the stations will be relocated within the park and upgraded to new equivalent equipment.


Park hours are 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Yes, restrooms will be available to the public.


Program planning is underway to bring a wide range of artists and music to this unique venue. Our programming at Bayside Performance Park will reflect all genres of music, allowing the Symphony to embrace the diversity of our city and audience. Programming will be announced in January 2020.

Ticketing


In this new, permanent outdoor facility, you can look forward to an enhanced concert experience in every way. Current donors and subscribers will be given priority when being seated at the new venue. Your longevity, generosity and loyalty to the San Diego Symphony will assure you of great seats in our new and exciting Bayside Performance Park. Due to a completely new layout and venue, our ticket office will work with all subscribers to ensure comparable seating options.


Subscriptions will go on sale in January 2020; single tickets will go on sale in May.


There will be expanded and improved lawn seats available.


Details of this program will be announced in May 2020 when single tickets go on sale.


Details will be announced prior to the opening of the 2020 season.


Every section is ADA accessible with designated seats available.


Children over the age of two require a ticket.


Yes, over the age of two.

Donor Benefits


Depending on level of giving, donor benefits include: preferred seating, access to intermission lounge, personal ticket concierge and "meet the artist" events. For more information, contact Paige Kobdish at 619.615.3901.


Currently, entrance to Club Bayside Donor Lounge is a benefit at the $2,500 giving level. Our donor lounge will be improving and changing at the new site, and we are assessing what the new facility will encompass and at what level a donor will have access.

FOOD & BEVERAGE


We are building on the expanded food options we launched in summer of 2019 and will enhance the experience based on input from a variety of our partners, including chef Richard Blais.


For select concerts, there will be picnicking allowed in the lawn area.


As is true at the current summer site, no, but there will continue to be many wonderful options for purchase at the venue.


In select sections there will be the option of ordering wine, beer and other beverages from waitstaff.

LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION


The new performance park will be located at the same site as we’ve been putting up and taking down the temporary site for summer concerts since 2004: Embarcadero Marina Park South, behind the San Diego Convention Center. Transportation and directions will remain similar as those currently listed on our website here. Details and maps will be available prior to the beginning of the 2020 season.


Yes - more information about public transportation to Embarcadero Marina Park South can be found on our website here.


Yes, there will be a dedicated rideshare drop off and pick-up location. Details and maps will be available prior to the beginning of the 2020 season.


Parking will not be owned or operated by the San Diego Symphony, but there will be many nearby options available. Pricing varies concert to concert ranging from $15-$30, and often varying depending on if other events are happening in the area, such as Padres games at nearby Petco Park. Updated details and maps will be available prior to the beginning of the 2020 season, but most parking will remain similar to the options outlined currently on our website here.