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On my recent venture we took some time to check in with the folks in regensburg Germany to see how the WBC qualifier preparations were coming along. Stopped in Amsterdam to see the developments of a new ballpark and then onto Athens. The 2004 Olympic baseball stadium in Athens is currently not a baseball venue but a soccer venue. At least they are using it for a outdoor sport!
There is only one “main” olympic stadium still being used for baseball which is in barcelona host of the 1992 games. The 1996 olympic stadium was Fulton county stadium which was torn down,the 2000 olympic main stadium in Sydney was a showground for cattle and was only a temporary venue for the games. However west of Sydney is the 2nd olympic venue and it has been resurrected by mlb and is used in the abl league. The 2008 wukesong baseball olympic stadium in beijing and both Practice fields were reduced to rubble shortly after the games. So the Olympic baseball stadium legacy plan is not doing so great
We are rolling along in Panama with ballpark improvements for the Baseball World Cup. Whenever we work in other countries there is always some sort of challenge which makes for some exciting ties leading up to the event.
Two of the 4 stadiums to be used are receiving totally new fields. Three of the stadiums are upgrading locker rooms, dugouts, fencing and scoreboards. All of the ballparks are receiving new lights to some degree. The 2011 Baseball World Cup is the first Major baseball event being played in the national stadium since the 2003 Pre Olympic qualifier for Athens.
The national stadium is receiving some new field upgrades as will the stadium in Chitre. Following this wonderful tournament the country’s MLB Winter league season will begin as provisional members. These ballpark upgrades will only bring more major baseball events to Panama as the sports continues to grow. The city, the culture and especially the people are truly remarkable. Plan now to come down for some great baseball in October.
Chad and I took a little time to taste the local coconut water. Outstanding!