The Naranjeros currently play in 13,000-seat Estadio Hector Espino, one of the Mex Pac’s larger facilities, but there was concern after Hermosillo was awarded the Caribbean Series last month whether it could be modernized in time for the annual event (which rotates between the four participating nations). Details on the site, funding and construction timeline for the stadium will be released soon, Padrés said.
Naranjeros team president Enrique Mazon said he was taken aback by the announcement from Padrés. “It really is a surprise…really, really nice for us,” Mazon commented. The 2011 CS will be played in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico while the 2012 event is slated for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.