Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey

Monterrey Estadio Latinoamericano San Diego Padres
Monterrey Baseball Stadium
Estadio de beisbol en Monterrey.jpg
Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, September 2007
LocationAvenida Manuel L. Barragan
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico[1]
Coordinates25°43′6.66″N 100°18′56.70″W / 25.7185167°N 100.3157500°W / 25.7185167; -100.3157500Coordinates: 25°43′6.66″N 100°18′56.70″W / 25.7185167°N 100.3157500°W / 25.7185167; -100.3157500
Capacity21,906
Field sizeLeft Field: 325 feet (99 m)
Center Field: 405 feet (123 m)
Right Field: 325 feet (99 m)
SurfaceArtificial (2018-present); Grass (1990-2017)
Opened13 July 1990[2]
Tenants
Sultanes de Monterrey (1990–present)[1]
Website
sultanes.com.mx/estadio/

The Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey (popularly known as Palacio Sultán) is a baseball stadium in Monterrey, Mexico. It is the home venue of the Sultanes Monterrey Mexican League baseball team.[1] It holds 21,906 people,[3] making it the largest baseball stadium in Mexico and the third largest in Latin America.[4]

Location

The stadium is located meters away from the Estadio Universitario, the AFAIM stadium (an American football stadium), the Niños Heroes Park and the Niños Heroes Metro station, and not far from the Plaza de Toros Monumental Monterrey "Lorenzo Garza" (Bullring).[5]

The stadium was inaugurated in games starting on 13 July 1990 when Monterrey played host to the World Youth Baseball Championship (for players 16 years old and under).[2][6] The first LMB game was held 20 July 1990 when the Sultanes defeated the Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo in 12 innings.[2]

In 1991 it hosted some preliminary games during the Pan American Games,[7] although the baseball final series between host Cuba and Puerto Rico was held at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana.

American pop-star Michael Jackson planned to perform here in November 1993 as part of his Dangerous World Tour, but the concert was cancelled due to Jackson’s illness.

Major League Baseball

In August 1996,[8] it hosted a three-game series between the National League's San Diego Padres and New York Mets, marking the first time Major League Baseball was played in Mexico.[9] It was also the site of an Opening Day game between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres in April 1999.[10] The San Diego Padres and defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers played at the stadium for a three-game series from May 4–6, 2018.[11] In preparation for that series, the stadium underwent a $5.2 million facelift, which included installation of new artificial turf, and instant on/off LED stadium lighting.[12] Four Dodger pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter in the series opener on May 4, 2018.[13] For the 2019 MLB Season, the stadium hosted 3 two-game series in the stadium. First, the Diamondbacks and Rockies played two Spring Training matchups in Monterrey. Afterwards, the Cincinnati Reds and St Lous Cardinals played two regular season games in April 2019. Finally, on May 4th and May 5th, 2019 the Houston Astros played the Los Angeles Angels.[14]

Concerts

The stadium has also hosted other events such as concerts. Some artists that have played at the stadium are Maná and the late Selena.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Sultanes de Monterrey" (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Abrego, Carlos (14 July 2008). "Festeja Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey sus 18 años de vida en De Beisbol" (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  3. ^ "¿Cuál es el estadio de beisbol más grande de México?". www.milenio.com. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ Estadio Monterrey, with a capacity of 27,000, ranks behind:
    1. Estadio Latinoamericano (55,000) in Havana, Cuba
    2. Estadio La Ceiba (30,000) in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
    but it is larger than the Foro Sol (26,000) in Mexico City.
  5. ^ "Sitio Oficial de la Monumental Monterrey "Lorenzo Garza"" (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  6. ^ "// Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey //" (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  7. ^ a b "// Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey //: Eventos: Historial" (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.retrosheet.org/neutral.htm
  9. ^ Nemec, David; Flatow, Scott. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures (2008 ed.). New York, NY: A Signet Book, Penguin Group. p. 371. ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0.
  10. ^ "BASEBALL; Bichette and Castilla Spark Rockies in Opener in Mexico". The New York Times. 5 April 1999. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  11. ^ Shaikin, Bill. "Dodgers and Padres set for Mexico series in May – LA Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  12. ^ http://www.espn.com/blog/onenacion/post/_/id/8482/dodgers-padres-playing-with-full-decks-in-monterrey
  13. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/four-dodgers-combine-for-no-hitter-vs-padres/c-275327552
  14. ^ "¿Dónde fue la primera vez que se jugó un partido de MLB fuera de EEUU?". www.milenio.com. Retrieved 29 July 2019.