File: Padres last played Chihuahuas March 31st, 2016
The San Diego Padres and the El Paso Chihuahuas announced Wednesday that they will play an exhibition game at Southwest University Park on Monday, March 26th at 6:35 p.m. The game will lead off the Chihuahuas Fifth Season Celebration festivities.
Today’s announcement also included the official debut of the Fifth Season Celebration logo that will be used throughout the 2018 season and the addition of the 2017 division and conference championship flags on the Wall of Champions located in the outfield of Southwest University Park.
“We’re thrilled to bring a Major League team to El Paso and Southwest University Park for the second time in our history,” said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford. “Fans will get to see some of their favorite former Chihuahuas while getting the first glimpse at the 2018 team. The Padres have some of the best young talent in the Big Leagues and we’re excited to introduce them to our fans.”
“The Padres have been tremendous partners through our first four seasons providing our fans with top tier, up-and-coming talent,” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “This game is a great gesture from them and a great way to start our fifth season.”
The exhibition game between the Padres and the Chihuahuas will mark the second meeting in five seasons between the two teams which played the first exhibition game on March 31, 2016. The Padres defeated the Chihuahuas 13-9 in a game that included eight home runs hit between the two teams.
“The El Paso organization has played an invaluable role in the development of current and future Padres, as evidenced by the success they’ve achieved in the PCL as well as the impact former Chihuahuas have made at the big-league level,” said Padres Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller. “Southwest University Park sets the standard for a quality ballpark experience and we look forward to participating in this exhibition game as we prepare for the 2018 season.”
The Chihuahuas, the back-to-back Pacific Coast League (PCL) Pacific Conference Champions, ended the 2017 campaign 73-69 (.519), en route to their second appearance in the PCL Championship series. The Chihuahuas won the league title in 2016, a team that included current Padres, Manuel Margot, Austin Hedges, Carlos Asuaje, Hunter Renfroe and Phil Maton, to name a few.
There were 36 Chihuahuas on the 2016 championship team that played for San Diego.
The Chihuahuas have won three division titles, two conference titles and a league championship as the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate while finishing .500 or better every year since making the move to El Paso. Since the 2014 campaign, 28 Chihuahuas have made their major league debut with the San Diego Padres including six in 2017.
A total of 101 players have ultimately played in Major League Baseball after donning the Chihuahuas uniform.
Tickets for the 2018 exhibition game are currently available to Season Seat and Paw-tial Plan Holders that have renewed for the 2018 season. Individuals who purchase new Season Seats will also be eligible to purchase at this time. Season Seat Holders will be able to purchase additional individual tickets at a later date.
Group leaders who have booked a 2018 date with a minimum of a 25% deposit will be able to purchase a group to the San Diego vs. Chihuahuas Exhibition beginning January 2, 2018. Individuals who would like a pre-purchase opportunity may register online.
The Chihuahuas 2018 Fifth Season Celebration kicks off on Thursday, April 5th in Las Vegas with the home opener slated for Tuesday, April 10th.
Individual game tickets for the Fifth Season Celebration, including the Padres vs. Chihuahuas Exhibition Game will go on sale at a later date.
For information on the 2018 Padres vs. Chihuahuas Exhibition Game or on the Chihuahuas, visit epchihuahuas.com. To purchase Season Seats or Paw-tial Plans, please call (915) 533-BASE to speak to a Chihuahuas account executive.