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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Surprise Stadium hosts WBSC Baseball Americas Olympic qualification event

WBSC Qualifier

Surprise, Arizona has been selected by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) as one of two sites for the Baseball Americas Qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The event will begin March 22, 2020.

Hosted by USA Baseball, the qualifier will be staged in Surprise and Tempe, where eight nations will compete for an Olympic spot over 16 games.

Group A: World No. 2 USA, No. 10 Dominican Republic, No. 11 Puerto Rico and No. 15 Nicaragua.
Group B: No. 8 Cuba, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 12 Canada and No. 14 Colombia.

Game Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, March 22 - Surprise
1 p.m. Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic
7 p.m. USA-Nicaragua

Sunday, March 22 - Tempe
1 p.m. Venezuela-Cuba
7 p.m. Colombia-Canada

Monday, March 23 - Surprise
1 p.m. Colombia-Venezuela
7 p.m. Canada-Cuba

Monday, March 23 - Tempe
1 p.m. Nicaragua-Puerto Rico
7 p.m. Dominican Republic-USA

Tuesday, March 24 - Surprise
1 p.m. Nicaragua-Dominican Republic
7 p.m. Puerto Rico-USA

Tuesday, March 24 - Tempe
1 p.m. Canada-Venezuela
7 p.m. Cuba-Colombia

After group play concludes, the top two finishers from each group will advance to the Super Round, where they will each play two games at Surprise Stadium. Head-to-head contests among these teams from the opening round will carry over into the Super Round standings.

Super Round 
Wednesday, March 25 - Surprise 
Time: TBD  Pool A #2  vs. Pool B #1
Time: TBD Pool B #2 vs. Pool A #1

Thursday, March 26 - Surprise 
Time: TBD  Pool A #2  vs. Pool B #2
Time: TBD Pool A #1  vs. Pool A #2

The team with the best Super Round record will be declared the winner and become the fifth National Team to advance to the baseball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, joining World No. 1 Japan, No. 3 Korea, No. 5 Mexico and No. 18 Israel.

The runner-up and the third-place team in the Americas Qualifier will play the Final Qualifier, scheduled April 1-5 in Taichung and Douliou City, Taiwan. They will compete for the sixth and final spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, along with No. 4 Chinese Taipei and No. 20 China, who both qualified through the Asia Championship; the runner-up from the Europe/Africa Qualifier, No. 8 Netherlands; and No. 7 Australia, the Oceania representative.

WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier tickets and tournament packages will be available for purchase beginning mid-February at the Surprise Stadium Box Office.  

For more information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com or contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222.

See press release...
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