AT&T Park to play host to WBC final, semifinals in 2013

The semifinals and final of the 2013 World Baseball Classic will be hosted by the Giants at AT&T Park. Major League Baseball announced the site in a news release Wednesday.

The WBC final and semifinal was previously played in San Diego at Petco Park (2006) and Dodger Stadium (2009).

“The Giants are excited to have been selected by MLB to host the championship round of the World Baseball Classic,” Giants president  and CEO Larry Baer said in a statement. “We believe that AT&T Park will be the perfect venue to showcase the best baseball players in the world as they represent their countries and compete in this one-of-a-kind international tournament.”

Miami and Arizona will host the early rounds of the tournament at their MLB stadiums. The World Baseball Classic will be held in March, with specific dates to be announced at a later time.

“We are very pleased to partner with three franchises that will prove to be outstanding hosts of the 2013 World Baseball Classic,” said Paul Archey, MLB senior vice president of international business operations. “The Giants, the Marlins and the D-backs share our commitment to continuing the game’s remarkable global growth, and their world-class cities and ballparks will welcome the unique brand of enthusiasm inspired by the World Baseball Classic.”

Japan won the first two WBC titles.

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