The San Diego Padres were recognized on February 8, 2018 for winning the 2017 Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Representatives from the Padres, Anheuser-Busch and TEAM Coalition gathered for the celebration.
The Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge tracked the number of fans who pledged to be designated drivers at all 2017 regular season home games for all three Clubs. Each fan who pledged to be a designated driver at Petco Park earned the Padres 1 point in the challenge. The Padres finished with 44,171 designated drivers as compared to 27,998 for the Dodgers.
The Padres, Delaware North Sportservice and Anheuser-Busch have been working together successfully for the Budweiser Good Sport designated driver program for many years. The Budweiser Good Sport designated driver program is just one component of the fan behavior initiatives offered by the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Other components include:
- A Guest Code of Conduct posted in and around Petco Park
- Certification of more than 90% of all employees in effective alcohol management training
- Alcohol service policies including ID checks for fans who look 30 years of age or younger, no more than two alcoholic beverages per person per transaction and alcohol cut-off at the end of the seventh inning
US DOT / NHTSA 2016 NATIONAL DATA:
• In 2016, 10,497 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related (BAC > 0.08) car crashes, an increase of 1.7% from the 10,265 fatalities in 2015.
• Many, if not most of those lives would have been saved if people did not drive when they were impaired by alcohol or if they used sober, designated drivers or if they simply wore their seat belts.
• Statistics and research clearly show that 21-34 year old males are the demographic most likely to be involved in an automobile crash, drive when impaired by alcohol, and fail to buckle up.