Ive had a couple emails about the status of the venue in Lagos. We have been helping the LOC and the federation via phone and a couple site visits in the development of the ballpark during the past few months. At this point, The Mexican federation is assisting the Pan- American games Commission in preparing the field of play and the over all operations of the venue during the tournament that begins in 2 weeks.
Wishing them much luck with the tournament as it will be a difficult competition due to the fact they are only using 1 field.
The 2011 Baseball World Cup is a couple of days from starting here in Panama. The 16 team tournament runs from Oct 2-16. When I first came to see the ballparks back in March as part of the Winter League Evaluations, I have watched them transform into some nice venues for the future of the game in this country. New Lights, Dugouts, Locker rooms fields padding maintenance equipment etc etc…
We have had a few guys working here for while. Just Wondering if they should apply for dual citizenship. Chad Olsen, Kevin Moses and Joe Skrabek have been rolling between venues. Dennis Klein came down to help for a few days and Ryan Woodley came in Monday. We have another group coming in this weekend. With 4 stadium and a lot of rain we have finally turned the corner at a couple of parks. Santiago and Aguadulce came out very nice. Chitre didn’t have as much field renovation work but had dugout and light upgrades. hoping mother nature will give us some help.
I’ve been back and forth between Lagos de Moreno, USA and Panama seeing what will be happening with the much-needed upgrades at the Pan- american stadium near Guadalajara. Have a few guys heading to Taiwan to prep for the MLB AllStar Tour in 3 different ballparks around the country. That one starts up at the end of the month. Its great have a awesome team and great friends in the industry to help make these tournaments successful. Hats off the Pandeportes and the LOC for the tournament.
If you want to watch some of the games on the web or game tracker check out this link as it continues to update with info http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2011/09/29/ibaf-has-the-baseball-world-cup-covered/f9ba50c6-e230-46b2-8946-197249266155
During this past week I was on a bit of a whirlwind Europe tour taking in some venue and city tours, assessments, etc.. Amsterdam, Barcelona, Regensburg, Prague and London. A highlight of the trip was seeing the Olympic stadium in Canary Wharf-London. A very simple yet impressive structure with 82000 seats. As with all the Olympic venues each has some type of tower located in and around the Olympic stadium. The “orbit” is being constructed at the Olympic Park and from what I heard on the streets it has drawn mixed reviews. I think it looks pretty cool and is a mathematical miracle based on the unique design. Cant wait to see it when its finished.
In comparison the Olympic Tower built in Barcelona is pretty simple yet provides a wonderful view of the city.