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Giants and Padres to play first ever MLB series in Mexico City



© Stan Szeto | 2022 Jun 28

The San Diego Padres and their National League West Division rival San Francisco Giants will meet in a two-game series at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú Béisbol in Mexico City from April 29-30, 2023, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today.

The games, which will serve as Padres home games, will represent the first-ever regular season series played in Mexico City.  In 2016, the Padres hosted the Astros for a two-game exhibition series at Fray Nano Stadium in Mexico City.  The upcoming games in April will mark the fourth time the Padres have traveled to Mexico for regular season games.  They have also been a part of three MLB visits to Monterrey, including a three-games series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018; the 1999 season-opener against the Colorado Rockies; and a three-game series against the New York Mets in 1996.  These games will be the first international games for the San Francisco Giants in their long history.  In 2004, they traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a three-game series against the Montreal Expos.

“The Padres are excited to return to Mexico and play in the first regular season series in Mexico City in MLB history,” said Padres CEO Erik Greupner.  “We are fortunate to have a loyal and passionate fan base in Mexico, and it will be an honor to showcase our team in Mexico’s capital city at the beautiful new ballpark built by and named after Padres minority owner Alfredo Harp Helú.”

“It will be an honor to represent Major League Baseball, as well as San Francisco, at historic Mexico City for the first time ever,” said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer. “We look forward to bringing the Giants and Padres rivalry to a passionate sports fan base and it will be a great opportunity to introduce the Giants to an international audience to further develop new fans across all of Mexico.”