World Baseball Classic, Inc. announced today the United States venues for the 2021 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be played at sites throughout the world in 2021. Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, returns as a World Baseball Classic host for the third time in 2021 after serving as a first-round venue in 2006 and 2013 and will host first-round games (Pool C) from March 13-17.
“We are thrilled to once again host World Baseball Classic games at Chase Field,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “Arizona continues to shine on an international stage and we look forward to providing the best experience, not only to local baseball fans, but also those from across the country and around the globe as they cheer on the most talented players in the world.”
In 2013, Chase Field served as the venue host to WBC first-round games featuring Team USA, Team Mexico, Team Canada and Team Italy. The Team USA vs. Team Mexico game featured the highest-attended game of the entire global tournament, welcoming 44,256 fans on March 8, 2013. In addition, the D-backs’ Spring Training facility at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick hosted World Baseball Classic workouts for Team USA in 2013 and Team Netherlands in 2017. In 2006, Chase Field served as the venue host to WBC first-round games featuring Team USA, Team Mexico, Team Canada and Team South Africa.
The fifth installment of the WBC will take place at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan; the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan; and Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, in Miami, Florida in addition to Chase Field. In 2021, the field of teams will expand to 20 for the first time in WBC history. The 16 teams that participated in the 2017 WBC will be joined by four teams advancing from the 2020 Qualifiers, which will be held in Tucson, Arizona from March 13th-25th. The 2021 WBC will feature pools of five teams in the first round for round-robin play. The top two teams in each of the four first-round pools will advance to the quarterfinals, while the top two teams from each quarterfinal pool will advance to the Championship Round.
Ticket information will be released soon on worldbaseballclassic.com.