AT&T Park to host World Baseball Classic finals, semis
The Giants’ AT&T Park has been named the host stadium the 2013 World Baseball Classic finals and semifinals. The tournament, which runs every four years like other “World Cup” style tourneys, was largely centered on Southern California in 2009. Then, the Dodgers hosted the finals while the elimination rounds were held in San Diego and Miami.
Shortly after the news came out, a couple of astute national writers made some half-serious tweets about the circumstances.
Total speculation, just dot-connecting: Wonder if World Baseball Classic finals in SF were a carrot from MLB for the eventual Oakland move.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 25, 2012
W/ #Giants getting ’13 WBC finals, prob a bad joke out there somewhere about Walter Haas first granting territorial rights to global tourney
— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) July 25, 2012
Hey, it wouldn’t surprise me if the WBC was part of whatever “settlement” the Giants received. Previously, no marquee round of the WBC had been held in an outdoor stadium north of SoCal, which along with Arizona and Florida has more baseball-hospitable weather in March than the Bay Area.
The Giants will get three games, and judging from the attendance at the 2009 Classic, all three should garner crowds of 40,000 or more. 40,000 fans X $50 per fan X 3 games = $6 million. That doesn’t include parking, broadcast rights, or the additional economic impact the series will have on San Francisco. If the award is part of Selig’s plan to compensate the Giants (MLB runs the tournament), it’s a good move that doesn’t cost baseball or the A’s anything.
As long as it doesn’t rain, of course.