The El Paso Chihuahuas are kicking off their fifth anniversary season with a bang next year. For the second time in the last three years, the team announced that the San Diego Padres will return to Southwest University Park to play the Chihuahuas in an exhibition game.

Steve Kaplowitz.
Steve Kaplowitz.

The game will take place on Monday, March 26th at 6:35pm. MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford and Chihuahuas general manager Brad Taylor made the announcement official at the ballpark yesterday afternoon. "We’re thrilled to bring a Major League team to El Paso and Southwest University Park for the second time in our history," Ledford said. "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." Taylor spoke with 600 ESPN El Paso about the importance of the exhibition game for the Chihuahuas fans and the community.

"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 in the official release. "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."

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. To purchase Season Seats or Paw-tial Plans, please call (915) 533-BASE.

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