Opening Day of the San Diego Padres' 2024 season will have a bit of a different feel to it. Not only will the first game of the Padres season not take place at Petco Park, but the Friars' first game won't even be held in the United States.
As part of the 2024 MLB World Tour, the Padres will begin the year in South Korea as they're set to play a two-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Seoul Series. This year's MLB World Tour will also include stops in the Dominican Republic, Mexico City and London.
The Seoul Series will be held on March 20-21, 2024 at Gocheok Sky Dome; home to the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO. The stadium seats a little less than 17,000 fans, and tickets to the event will not come cheap. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, tickets for the series between the Padres and Dodgers are selling for as much as $1,300 on secondary markets.
Padres-Dodgers Seoul Series ticket prices are absolutely insane
While baseball fans are sure to be a bit shocked by that number, the contest will mark the first regular season game for Shohei Ohtani in a Dodgers uniform. There's also a good chance that Yoshinobu Yamamoto will be on the mound for one of those two games.
Ohtani, last year's AL MVP and arguably the best player in the game, and Yamamoto were the two biggest free agents available this offseason, and the Dodgers were able to sign both to massive contracts that totaled over $1 billion.
Several local fans are likely descending upon the Gocheok Sky Dome to see Padres' infielder Ha-Seong Kim as well. Kim is a native of South Korea, and will undoubtedly receive a warm welcome when he returns to his home country.
It'll be an early-morning wakeup call for the Friar faithful on Wednesday, March 20 when the first pitch of the 2024 season is thrown. The MLB opener is scheduled to begin at 3 a.m. PST, which is 8 p.m. in South Korea.
If tickets to the Seoul Series are too rich for your budget, San Diego's first game at Petco Park will be one week later when the Pads play host to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, March 28.