Petco Park and San Diego will once again serve as a host for the World Baseball Classic.
San Diego’s beautiful downtown ballpark, recently rated number one in the country by USA Today, will host second-round games from March 14-19 in the 2017 tournament.
Petco Park last hosted WBC games in 2009, also the second-round, and hosted the tournament’s semifinals and final in is inaugural year of 2006.
“The World Baseball Classic highlights the diversity and global appeal of our game, and it’s an honor for the San Diego/Tijuana region to once again host the second round,” Padres president Mike Dee said.
First-round games will take place at Marlins Park in Miami and Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara — a first-time host — from March 9-13.
Pool C — which includes the defending WBC champion Dominican Republic, the United States, Canada and Colombia — will play its first-round games in Miami. Guadalajara will host Pool D, made up of Mexico, Italy, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
In addition to the North American sites, the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, and the Tokyo Dome in Japan had previously been announced as host stadiums for WBC pool play and second-round games.