Dodgers, D-Backs to host 2014 opener in Australia (Report)
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will host the 2014 MLB season opener in Sydney.
According to ESPN.com,the games will be held on March 22 and 23 at Sydney Cricket Ground. These games will be the first Major League Baseball games to be played in Australia.
The Sydney Cricket Ground will be renovated into an MLB field and will feature dugouts, additional grandstands, a pitcher’s mound and infield clay, according to The Daily Telegraph. The event is expected to bring in $13 million to the state government, said Australian politician Barry O’Farrell.
“This is a significant win for Sydney and again delivers on my election commitment to bring major events to NSW. It’s estimated the matches will deliver a $13 million benefit for the local economy, as well as attract visitors from interstate and overseas,” said O’Farrell.
Currently, the Dodgers have relief pitcher Peter Moylan, who is a native of Australia.
Major League Baseball has held other season openers in the past in Japan and Mexico. The 2014 season opener will be the first time an MLB team played in the Sydney Cricket Ground since the Chicago White Sox traveled to play an Australian All Star team in 1914.