Diamondbacks to play Rockies in exhibition game in Hermosillo, Mexico
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Thursday that they will host the Colorado Rockies in a split-squad exhibition game at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico on March 29. The announcement was made by D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall at a news conference at the Los Lagos Resort & Club in Hermosillo.
"We have a rich history of playing games in Hermosillo and continuing that tradition is something that is extremely important to our franchise, so we are very excited to return there this spring,"said Hall, who sits on Major League Baseball’s International Committee. "We know that there are many D-backs fans in Mexico who enjoy this opportunity to see their favorite team up close, and we are looking forward to a great game against the Rockies."
The D-backs have a long-standing history in Hermosillo, having played exhibition games there on nine different occasions. The D-backs have hosted Mexican League teams three times at Chase Field and the World Baseball Classic twice. The team has made six visits during the past three years to Hermosillo, which is also home to Descubre Phoenix, a Mexico-based tourism outlet that sells tickets to D-backs games and other Phoenix-based events.
Most recently, the D-backs led a contingent of representatives from the Arizona-Mexico Commission on a goodwill trip to Hermosillo in November, hosting a clinic for youngsters and speaking to hundreds of university students at an exposition.