Facilities for World Baseball Classic set

Early August it was announced that the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul South Korea would be one of the venues where the World Baseball Classic will be played. The other Asian venue will be the Tokyo Dome.

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The Gocheok Skydome (photo: wikopedia.com)

The Gocheok Sky Dome is a brand new indoor ballpark in Gocheok-Dong, Seoul, home of the Nexen Heroes of the KBO. The facility opened its doors in September 2015.
The group (Group B) that will play in the Gocheok Sky Dome contains South Korea, Chinese Taipeh and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The fourth team will come from the qualifier that will be played in Brooklyn at the end of September.

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Tokyo Dome

Group A will play in the Tokyo Dome, Japan. The Tokyo Dome will be home to Japan, Cuba, Australia and China.

Group D will be located at Estadio Charrios de Jalisco in Guadalajara Mexico. This group will contain Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

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Estadio Charrios de Jalisco (photo: skyscrapercity .com)

Yesterday the World Baseball Classic announced the US venues for the tournament.

Marlins Park in Miami will be host to the games of Group C. Group C will contain Canada, Columbia, the Dominican Repulbic and the USA.

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Marlins Park (photo: Steve Mitchell/US Presswire)

The second round games on the American continent (March 14-19) will be hosted by Petco Park in San Diego. This group will be group F. The Tokyo Dome will host the second round games (March 12-15) of the Asian continent (group E).

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Petco Park (photo: Sandiegouniontribune.com)

The semi-finals and the final (March 20-22) will be hosted by Dodger Stadium.  This will be the second time Dodger Stadium has hosted the final two rounds of WBC games, the previous time in 2009.

Dodger stadium (photo: dutchbaseballhangout.wordpress.com)

It is clear that the organizers of the World Baseball Classic opt for better weather than they did four years ago. The weather during the 2013 final in San Francisco, was lousy, to put it mildly.

 

 

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