The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12 2019, the top international baseball event of the year and 2020 Olympic qualifier, is fast approaching.
The competition will feature the world’s top-12 Men’s National Teams and be played over 32 games from November 2 to 5.
One of three groups, Group A, will be played at the Estadio Charros in Guadalajara, and feature a six-game round-robin between the United States (world ranked number 2), Mexico (number 6), the Netherlands (number 8) and the Dominican Republic (number 12), with the top two of the group advancing to the Super Round in Tokyo, Japan from November 11-16.
The Group A game schedule is:
Saturday, November 2, noon: Netherlands vs. United States
Saturday, November 2, 7 p.m.: Dominican Republic vs. Mexico
Sunday, November 3, noon: Dominican Republic vs. Netherlands
Sunday, November 3, 7 p.m.: Mexico vs. United States
Monday, November 4, 7 p.m.: United States vs. Dominican Republic
Tuesday, November 5, noon: Netherlands vs. Mexico
WBSC Premier12 Group B games, featuring Japan, Chinese Taipei, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, take place in Taichung, Taiwan, and Group C games (Korea, Cuba, Australia and Canada) in Seoul, South Korea.
The WBSC announced last month that it will distribute US$5.2 million in prize money for this year’s event, marking a 40-percent increase over the inaugural edition in 2015.
Only a package of tickets for all six Group A games is currently available with a five-percent discount through the end of September. Cost: 1,672 pesos to 10,336 pesos (VIP). Purchases can be made at ticket offices at the Estadio Charros or online exclusively through Boletomóvil at boletomovil.com.
Although no announcement has been made, it is expected that tickets for individual games will go on sale in October.