Major League Baseball Comes to Mexico

According to the MLB, Major League Baseball, the first regular-season games will be played in Mexico City at the new Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium in 2020, an event announced by the MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA).

Major League Baseball: The Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres will play their first games of the season at the new Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium. Photo: Agencies
Major League Baseball: The Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres will play their first games of the season at the new Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium. Photo: Agencies

Who's coming and when will the games be?

This series of two games between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres will be played on April 18 and 19 and will be the first MLB games played at the newly built "Alfredo Harp Helú" stadium. The building was completed in March 2019 and has a capacity for 20,000 spectators.

It is located in the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City section of Mexico City and is where the Mexican League (triple-A) team, Diablos Rojos del México, plays. Banorte will again serve as a sponsor of the series. Game ticket information will be announced at an upcoming date, according to the press release.

"The D-backs are committed to showing the best of our game to the world and specifically through Mexico, where we have thousands of fans in the country," said Derrick Hall, President, and CEO of Diamondbacks. "As a member of the MLB International Committee, I have seen firsthand the incredible efforts made at the league level to help grow world baseball and we are honored to be selected to play in Mexico City next season," Hall added.

What do the Padres say?

For their part, the San Diego Padres said they were "honored to be part of the first regular-season series in Mexico City in the history of the Major Leagues," said the team's president of commercial operations, Erik Greupner.

This series of two games between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres will be played on April 18 and 19 and will be the first MLB games played at the newly built "Alfredo Harp Helú" stadium. Photo: Agencies
This series of two games between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres will be played on April 18 and 19 and will be the first MLB games played at the newly built "Alfredo Harp Helú" stadium. Photo: Agencies

"We are also excited to play in the beautiful new stadium built by the Padres' minority owner, Alfredo Harp Helu. Our connections with Mexico are deep, with Alfredo co-owning the Padres and our binational fan base extending to Baja California and the rest of the country. We are thrilled to compete in Mexico and showcase our players on a global scale.

Mexico City hosted the MLB spring training games at Fray Nano and Foro Sol, where the Mexican Red Devils played in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2016 seasons. Foro Sol also hosted the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

By Mexicanist Source Agencies