Greater Phoenix Hosts USA, Mexico, Canada and South Africa as World Baseball Classic Debuts This March

International Games to be Played in Downtown Phoenix’ Chase Field

PHOENIX, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Baseball fans have another reason to visit Greater Phoenix this March. Both Phoenix and Scottsdale will host several World Baseball Classic (WBC) games during the first two weeks of the month. The WBC includes teams from 16 countries, as well as many of the premier players in Major League Baseball.

First-round contests at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix include: USA vs. Mexico on March 7, USA vs. Canada on March 8 and Mexico vs. Canada on March 9. Three games will also take place at Scottsdale Stadium: Canada vs. South Africa on March 7, Mexico vs. South Africa on March 8 and USA vs. South Africa on March 10.

The World Baseball Classic teams will also play several exhibition games in Greater Phoenix, against Major League split-squads including the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres. These teams are among the nine teams that train in Greater Phoenix each March during Cactus League Spring Training.

Fans can visit www.worldbaseballclassic.com for a schedule and ticket information, as well as www.visitphoenix.com for information regarding everything to see and do in Greater Phoenix.

Also, Cactus League spring training games kick-off on March 2 with nine baseball teams based in Phoenix and three visiting teams from Tucson. Fans have many choices each day to watch their favorite players at convenient ballparks located throughout Greater Phoenix. After leisurely afternoons filled with baseball memories, evenings in Greater Phoenix include superb culinary treats and exciting nightlife and entertainment.

Visitors can also take pleasure in cool mornings at one of more than 200 area golf courses, rejuvenate their spirit at one of more than a dozen full-service spas, or immerse themselves in Southwestern and Native American culture and attractions. Outdoor adventure opportunities include hot-air balloon rides, desert Jeep tours, hiking, biking, rock climbing and more.

The GPCVB is a non-profit organization that markets Greater Phoenix as a year-round convention and visitor destination. More than 13 million people visit Phoenix annually, contributing more than $6 billion to the area’s economy. Tourism in Greater Phoenix also accounts for approximately 225,000 jobs.

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