It was announced on Tuesday at the MLB Winter Meetings that the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks will play regular-season games in Mexico City.
The San Diego Padres will play regular-season games in Mexico City for the first time ever.
Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday during the MLB Winter Meetings that the Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks will play two games at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium on April 18 and 19.
The ballpark just opened and is capable of seating around 20,000 people.
These games were originally scheduled to be playing in Arizona, so the Diamondbacks will be the home team for these games.
In the past, there have been Spring Training games played in Mexico City, but this is the first time those games will actually mean something.
This is great for the Padres and their fanbase.
We just wrote an article today (Tuesday) about how San Diego has made it a point to bring in the top talent from Mexico, which in turn could draw interest from the Mexican-American population in Southern California.
There haven’t been many other details about the games at this time, like how one can go about purchasing tickets for the big event.
But I would expect these games to be sold out.
Major League Baseball has made it a point to try and bring the game to other countries.
Often they start the season with regular season games in Japan, and the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins play two games in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2018.
This past season the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals played a series in Monterrey, Mexico as did the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees played two games in London this past season as well, and the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will play there during the 2020 season.
It’s great to see the Padres be a part of this event. And I’m sure it will be a great time for the Mexico City community come April.