The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics opened the 2012 regular season in Tokyo, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks kicked off 2014 in Australia. Now Commissioner Bud Selig reportedly wants to announce some games in Europe before he steps down in January and is replaced by … someone.
Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that the announcement and location could be announced soon.
Selig also is hopeful for an announcement soon of a MLB reg season game in Europe. Lg has eyed, London, Netherlands, among other areas
— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) August 12, 2014
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, one city has an edge.
If MLB goes to Europe next year, Amsterdam is viewed as being more prepared to host games in 2015 than London, sources say.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 12, 2014
According to a story published by the New York Times last September, the city of Hoofddorp in the Netherlands is working on a $15 million project to build a ballpark that could be temporarily expanded to seat 30,000 for potential MLB games. The story quoted the stadium’s project manager as saying that he’s tailoring things to meet MLB demands, such as 4,300-square-foot locker rooms and dirt that conforms to the blend of clay, silt and gravel that’s common in American ballparks.
Hoofddorp, a city of about 73,000 people, is located about 15 miles southwest of Amsterdam, near the city’s airport.