Stuart, FL – February 2020 - Team IP is excited to announce an agreement made with World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) to become the exclusive onsite concessionaire featuring decorated products from Augusta Sportswear, Rawlings and New Era Cap for the 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in Tucson, Arizona.
From March 13-25, 2020, Kino Sports Complex in Tucson will host both pools for the Qualifying Round of the 2021 World Baseball Classic. Each pool will feature six teams with the top two finishers in each pool advancing to compete in the 2021 World Baseball Classic. Teams invited to participate in the Qualifier are Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Republic of South Africa and Spain. The four advancing teams will join the 16 countries – United States, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan and Venezuela – that received automatic invitations based on their performance in the 2017 tournament.
The fifth installment of the World Baseball Classic, which will be played from March 9-23, 2021, will take place at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan and the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium in Taoyuan, Taiwan; the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan; Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Phoenix, Arizona; and Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, in Miami, Florida. Three rounds including the Championship round will be played at Marlins Park.
“It is an honor to work with WBCI on this great event,” said Randy Sparks, CEO & Founder, Team IP. “Being a part of showcasing these teams from around the world, on a global stage,is an exciting opportunity and we’re looking forward to the games.”
About World Baseball Classic, Inc.
World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) is a company created at the direction of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to operate the World Baseball Classic tournament. The tournament, which is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), is supported by MLB, the MLBPA, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), their respective players associations and other leagues and players from around the world.
About the World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), as the sport’s official National Team World Championship, and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories. More than 3.4 million fans from all over the world have attended the tournament games, held in March 2006, March 2009, March 2013 and March 2017. Team USA is the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion after beating runner-up Puerto Rico during its 2017 championship run. The upcoming World Baseball Classic will be played in March 2021 and will again feature the greatest baseball-playing nations in the world. The tournament will be held every four years thereafter.
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the global governing body for the sports of baseball and softball resulting from the merger of the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation in 2013. WBSC governs all international competitions, including Premier12, World Baseball Classic and the Baseball World Cups, which involve any of the National Teams of its 208 National Federation members in 141 countries and territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.wbsc.co
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