Padres, D-Backs meet in regular-season games in Mexico City

Posted at 2:50 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 18:12:58-05

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks will play each other in April in Major League Baseball’s first regular-season games in Mexico City.

The commissioner’s office said Tuesday the two games on April 18 and 19 will be at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium, a 20,000-capacity ballpark that opened last year. Arizona will be the home team for both games, which originally were scheduled for Phoenix.

Spring training games were played in Mexico City in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2016 at Fray Nano and Foro Sol.

The Padres helped inaugurate the Mexico City ballpark in March when a group of prospects played the Diablos Rojos del México in the park's first game.

"The Padres are honored to be a part of the first regular season series in Mexico City in Major League history," said Erik Greupner, team president of business operations. "We are also excited to play at the beautiful new Estadio built by Padres minority owner Alfredo Harp Helú. Our connections to Mexico run deep, including Alfredo’s part ownership of the Padres and our bi-national fan base that extends into Baja California and throughout the country."

Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be announced soon, the team said.