The World Baseball Classic is right around the corner, and the San Diego Padres have a cavalcade of players set to participate in the tournament, including Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, Juan Soto, Xander Bogaerts, and Ha-Seong Kim.
The Padres will also be featured in MLB's inaugural trip to the Mexican capital in 2023. Back in August, MLB announced San Diego and the San Francisco Giants will play a two-game series in Mexico City spanning April 29-30.
The games will be played at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú, otherwise known as the home of the Diablos Rojos. The stadium seats more than 20,000 and was built by and is named after Padres minority owner Alfredo Harp Helú.
Have you connected the dots as to why the Padres are playing in the series? Though foreign territory to Gabe Kapler's Giants, San Diego actually faced the Diablos Rojos in the stadium's grand opening back in March of 2019.
When is the 2023 MLB Mexico City Series?
The two-game series between the Padres and Giants runs from April 29-30. Game times are still to be determined.
Where is the 2023 MLB Mexico City Series being played?
As we alluded to earlier, the Padres and Giants will lock horns at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú in Mexico City. The stadium has a capacity of 20,576 seats, and was the first stadium built in Mexico City in the last 50 years.
Major League Baseball has played regular-season series in Mexico in the past, but those fixtures were played at Estadio de Beisbol in Monterrey. Ironically, the Padres played in two of the four series; one against the Mets in 1996, and against the Dodgers as recently as 2018.
The games will be televised, but the official broadcast partners have not yet been announced by Major League Baseball, so stay tuned for how to watch the games on teleivison and stream the series.
An announcement is likely to come as we move closer to the regular season, perhaps after the World Baseball Classic.
If any Padres fans are interested in buying tickets, you're in luck, though tickets will not be available to purchase from the Padres directly. You can get tickets through Ticketmaster Mexico, where all prices will be displayed in pesos. Take note of that so you aren't thrown for a loop when it comes time to buy the tickets.
How many Padres fans can we expect in Mexico City?!