MLB to host its first-ever series in Mexico City next season


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Major League Baseball will make its first trip to Mexico City next year, as the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants will play a two-game series there next season.

It will be the fourth MLB series played in the country, with games having also been played in 1996, 1998, 2018 and 2019. 

General view of the Diablos Rojos fans at stadium  during the second match of the series of Playoffs  between the Diablos Rojos  and the Quintana Roo Tigres of  Mexican Baseball League at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium on August 8, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico.
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It will also be the first time Major League Baseball will be played outside of the United States or Canada since 2019, when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox played a two-game set in London.

MLB has also played games in Japan, Puerto Rico, and Australia.

General view of the new Diablos Rojos Stadium during a friendly game between San Diego Padres and Diablos Rojos at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium on March 23, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. The game is held as part of the opening celebrations of the Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium, now the newest in Mexico to play baseball.

General view of the new Diablos Rojos Stadium during a friendly game between San Diego Padres and Diablos Rojos at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium on March 23, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. The game is held as part of the opening celebrations of the Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium, now the newest in Mexico to play baseball.
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The Mexico City series is three years coming. MLB was supposed to go to Mexico City in 2020, but the COVID-shortened season ruined the regular schedule. The Padres were originally set to face the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The NBA will also return to Mexico City for the second time when the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat play a game there on Dec. 17. There were two NBA games there in 2019. 

The NFL has had three games there and will also return in 2022 with a San Francisco 49ers-Arizona Cardinals matchup on Nov. 21.

A general view of stadium prior the match between Olmecas de Tabasco and Diablos Rojos as part of the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol 2019 at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium on April 19, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.

A general view of stadium prior the match between Olmecas de Tabasco and Diablos Rojos as part of the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol 2019 at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium on April 19, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.
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The games will be played on April 29 and 30 of 2023 at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium.



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