MLB heads to Mexico City’s new ballpark

Mexico City’s new Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú will host the capital’s first Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season games, a series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres.

Two games will be played at the 20,000-capacity stadium, which opened in March, on April 18-19, 2020. The Diamondbacks will serve as the home team for both games, while the Padres have Mexican ties through minority owner Alfredo Harp Helú.

The Mexican businessman’s backing helped deliver the new stadium, which is located in the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City section of Mexico City and is the home of Mexican League team, Diablos Rojos del México.

“The D-backs are committed to spreading our game internationally and specifically throughout Mexico, where we have thousands of loyal fans across the country,” said Derrick Hall, Diamondbacks president and chief executive.

Padres president of business operations, Erik Greupner, added: “We are 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.”

Mexico City hosted MLB Spring Training games at Fray Nano and Foro Sol, the former homes of the Diablos Rojos in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2016. The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals, along with the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels, played games at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey earlier this year, with the venue also staging MLB contests in 2018, 1999 and 1996.

Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees played two regular season games at London Stadium, MLB’s first in Europe, on June 29-30.

Image: Diablos Rojos del México