I know I'm way late on this. To start the 2014 Baseball season, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will sqaure off against each other in Sydney Australia. This will be the first time a MLB game would be played on the continent, but not the first time two Major League clubs have played each other there. In 1914 the White Sox and Giants played an exhibition game there.
It will be played at Sydney Cricket Grounds on March 22nd and 23rd. Sydney Cricket Grounds was built in 1848 and is home to the New South Wales Blues cricket team and the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League. The stadium normally seats 36,000 fans.
The photo at the very top is an artist impression of what the field could look like. Photo credit to The Daily Telegraph.
From the Dodgers press release:
Baseball's history in Australia goes back more than 150 years. The 2014 Opening Series will mark the 100th anniversary of exhibition games played by the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants at the same traditional sports venue where the 2014 Opening Series will be played. The White Sox defeated the Giants, 5-4, before 10,000 fans on January 3, 1914. Major League Baseball's history at the Sydney Cricket Ground dates to December 1888, when Spalding's World Tourists played a series of exhibition games, including a December 15, 1888 contest that attracted 5,500 spectators. The Sydney Cricket Ground will be fully renovated to a baseball configuration and Major League standards in order to host MLB's 2014 Opening Series.Here's a preliminary schedule.
Both the Dodgers and the D-backs will play Spring Training games in Arizona on Sunday, March 16th before departing that evening and arriving in Sydney on the morning of Tuesday, March 18th. An evening game that will begin Major League Baseball's 2014 regular season will be scheduled for Saturday, March 22nd, followed by an afternoon game on Sunday, March 23rd. The D-backs will be considered the home Club in both games.BTW, there are currently 60 Australians under contract with Major League Baseball clubs.
Tickets went on sale this past Wednesday. So, go here if you are interested. Travel packages can be found here.
“This is a once in a life time opportunity for fans to experience an American sporting tradition in our own backyard” Opening Series promoter Mr Jason Moore said today.
“We have over 16,000 tickets for each game on sale for under $100 each, ensuring the event is affordable and open for fans to attend”
Below is a venue map. Here are the ticket prices:
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